Tom Vowler, author
“Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea and John Banville’s The Sea are a great place to start…the latter a little too verbose and abstruse for some, although not the Booker panel! The former is devastatingly good.”
Sarah Enamorado, writer
“The sea-themed works that come to my mind are The Many by Wyl Menmuir (of course!), and the short story Salt Slow by Julia Armfield.”
Anna Kiernan, publisher The Literary Platform
The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Breath by Tim Winton
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
Subsong by Holly Corfield Carr
April Roach, writer
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He.
“This book stayed with me long after I finished reading.
“It is set in a futuristic world where people are only able to gain access to safe housing if their ancestors lived with small carbon footprints. In a world where the privileged live above ground and spend a third of their time in stasis pods, the sea has become something to fear. But for one character, Cee, it is a mysterious enchanting entity and it is her love of the sea that pulls her from the safety of her home into the unknown.
“It achieved the goal that I think most climate disaster novels aim for; it caused me to really think about how my actions contribute to climate change.”
Adventure, escape, solace, the unknown. For centuries writers have captured the water that covers two thirds of the world’s surface in a certain way. And as readers we have revelled in it. But in the age of the climate crisis, is the time for romanticising the ocean long gone?
Folk musician Angeline Morrison is getting ready to record a new body of British folk song: a powerful and evocative telling of black British history. The project and its title take some of their inspiration from two events in 1903, revealing aspects of our history that have long hidden in plain sight.
Fresh from a winning streak on Sky Arts’ compelling public art contest, Landmark, and with a commission from Yorkshire Sculpture Park under his belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking Sheffield artist Steve Anwar has been making sculptures all his life. Just two years since he focused his attention on the art form, he sheds light on the ideas and forces that have helped forge his work…
What helps you create? Whether it’s writing, drawing, shooting or even whittling, for so many of us, music makes the world go round. In fact, we couldn’t imagine working without it. Fascinated by how other creative souls get stuff done, we decided to unpick this causal connection by speaking to different creators about their practice, process and how music fuels their fire.
Falmouth-based botanical illustrator – and this issue’s cover artist – Sarah Jane Humphrey’s exquisitely detailed drawings capture the magic that happens when natural science and artistic inspiration meet. When a mesmerising encounter with an “underwater garden” of illuminated seaweed coincided with a lockdown gift of uninterrupted studio time, she embarked on an unexpected voyage of personal and professional discovery…
For too long we have focused on what we can do with water, how we can use it, profit from it, control it. We spoke to anthropologist Dr Luci Attala about caring for water and relinquishing our imagined control…
Looking backwards, looking forwards... We just can't help ourselves at this time of year can we? Well, the seeds for Issue Eight (out in March 2022) have already been well and truly sown, with a behemoth feature I've been working on to explore our broken food and farming systems, and meeting some of the inspiring folk who are working tirelessly to grow better, fairer, cleaner, healthier, climate-fixing ways of feeding ourselves. Here's a little taster to whet your appetite... and, more importantly, we'd love to hear from any of you who'd like to contribute to/ have ideas for our upcoming ROOTS issue.