Words by the Water

Polly Atkin: Beyond the Nature Cure: On Not Getting Better

Wed 5 June | 2:30pm

The idea that time in nature can cure all ills is ubiquitous, but what happens when it doesn’t? Are you not doing wild swimming right if you come out of the water still as sick or in pain as you went in? Where does it leave nature if we expect it to fix us? Drawing on her memoir of living with chronic illness in the Lake District, Polly Atkin asks how we can develop a relationship with nature which is not transactional, and learn to live better with ourselves and the natural world.

Book: Some of Us Just Fall: On Nature and Not Getting Better (Hodder & Stoughton)