Belonging: Natural histories of place, identity and home
By (author) Amanda Thomson
Reflecting on family, identity and nature, Belonging is a personal memoir about what it is to have and make a home. It is a love letter to nature, especially the northern landscapes of Scotland and the Scots pinewoods of Abernethy – home to standing dead trees known as snags, which support the overall health of the forest.Belonging is a book about how we are held in thrall to elements of our past. It speaks to the importance of attention and reflection, and will encourage us all to look and observe and ask questions of ourselves.Beautifully written and featuring Amanda Thomson’s artwork and photography throughout, it explores how place, language and family shape us and make us who we are.
Reviews of Belonging: Natural histories of place, identity and home
Praise for A Scots Dictionary of Nature: So good — ROBERT MACFARLANE A reminder of how easily the beauty of language and its connection with nature can be lost * * Herald * * A stunning wee book detailing some of the wonderfully inventive Scots words that document the world around us * * The List * * Full of words and expressions ripe for reappropriation. Deserves as wide a readership as possible * * Scotsman * * A delight to leaf through * * Herald * * Delightful . . . A celebration of Scotland's great outdoors, this is a lovely book * * Scottish Field * *
Amanda Thomson is a Scottish writer and visual artist, and a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. Her first book, A Scots Dictionary of Nature, was published in 2018. She has spoken at many book festivals and had her work published in Antlers of Water, Willowherb Review, The Wild Isles, Gifts of Gravity and Light and the Guardian. She lives and works in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands and Glasgow.@passingplace | passingplace.com