Samantha Walton teaches literature at Bath Spa University. Her first book, Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. It tells the story of how and why we seek nature for health and wellbeing, from sacred springs to forest baths, city parks to the brave new world of virtual nature. Everybody Needs Beauty also looks at how climate change will transform this most vital relationship between our mental health and the earth, and asks what we can do to make a difference. Samantha has held research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the Rachel Carson Center (LMU, Germany), and recently won a prestigious grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. In 2019, she made a short film with the BBC Winterwatch team to celebrate the mountain writing of the Scottish author, Nan Shepherd. As a poet, Samantha has published a collection with Boiler House Press (Self Heal, 2018), co-edits the poetry publisher Sad Press, and has contributed to Chicago Review, Granta, and MAI.
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