Fortyspot is named for the endangered forty spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) also known as the Tasmanian diamond bird.
Here I want to explore what is meant by writing about place aka nature writing or environmental writing. It’s a huge field, but by taking small steps into learning what qualities and criteria make up this genre, I hope to gain a better understanding of its traditions and current practice, particularly within Australian literature.
I’ll do this by reading, listening and talking to people who are already involved with this area of literature, and by sharing my own attempts at writing about place. If you’d like to share the journey, welcome aboard!