This blog is intended to provide comments on topical events and updates about matters relating to the Solway Firth, including its people, and the politics of ‘managing’ the coast and sea …
I’ve lived within sight of the Firth for nearly twenty years and I’ve grown to love it in all its moods. Having grown up with the cliffs and coves of Cornwall, when I first visited the apparently flat, apparently ’empty’ Solway shore at low tide I was disappointed. But time and frequent walks, guddling in the pools, checking out the tide-lines, meeting people who know about the coast and sea, has changed all that.
As a writer, I’ve written about the Solway or the shore, in articles and in two of my novels, and as a former university lecturer and research scientist who occasionally ‘helped’ out with marine field courses, I’ve always enjoyed looking, exploring, and finding out more. There’s certainly plenty to discover!
NEW! My book about the Solway, The Fresh and the Salt: the Story of the Solway (Birlinn Books, Sept.2020) is now available from all booksellers. Please use your local independent bookshop where possible and/or order online via Bookshop UK. Many thanks, on behalf of authors and booksellers in this difficult time.
“Catching the poetic in the scientific, and steeped in environmental histories of the area, Ann addresses saltmarsh and mudflat, song and painting, mudshrimp and stonemason with the same curiosity. .. a kaleidoscopic portrait of the borders of the land.” Cumbria Life Magazine
“…a natural history in the richest sense of the term. …[Her lexicon] … forces you to blink and refocus.…” Isaac Land
“… riveting prose. This is deep and beautiful natural history writing rather than nature writing.” BBC Countryfile Magazine
More information, reviews, and images relevant to the book on the related website.