Entries by Rebecca Stonehill

My Defence Statement in Court

What is an activist? It can be so many things. We don’t have to glue our hands to the pavement or abseil down bridges with huge banners (though of course, we can also do that). I believe that if we are actively engaged in reflecting on where our world is hurting and trying to remedy […]

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Resisting a Road

I’ve been really enjoying recently making connections with other local groups that Norwich Writers Rebel can collaborate with (Writers Rebel is the writing arm of Extinction Rebellion and I started a local Norwich group the year before last). In the pipeline, we have an event planned with Right to Roam; this is the national trespass […]

Books & Teenagers

I recently came across a picture that my eldest daughter drew when she was about 7 (she’s now 17) that I found on an old blog. She drew it unprompted, just because she felt like it and somehow inherently understood at that tender age the importance of sharing books with the young people in our […]

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How to write the future?

This ia a very good question, and one I’m struggling with. For my work in progress, I have four female protagonists spread across four centuries. I’m used to writing historical fiction so I know and enjoy that process of research: going to the library, digging through archives, piecing together a picture of how people would […]

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Lessons in Weariness

LESSONS IN WEARINESS As I lie on my back at the edge of Parliament Square, I stare up at the canopy of plane tree leaves above me and the clouds grazing the sky, and I don’t feel fear or anger or any of those things I’ve felt before. This time I just feel weary of […]

How to Write the Land

I have a friend who runs Ecotherapy East, bringing nature and mindfulness-based workshops to people, mainly from their rewilded land that they steward in Suffolk. It’s a beautiful place and I visited a while ago with my family to help with a land-tending day. I wondered if we could ever run a writing workshop there […]

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A Life in Orange

In June of this year I attended a writing course in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales run by three amazing writers: Jay Griffiths, Tom Bullough and Pascale Petit. It was held at Black Mountains College and was called Writing, Climate and the Living World, drawing in writers from across the UK who are exploring […]