Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences

Prince, Heather (2014) Eliciting nature and landscape writing through outdoor experiences. In: Varley, Peter and Taylor, Steve, (eds.) Being there: slow, fast, traditional, wild, urban, natural… 2013 Adventure Conference Proceedings. The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands, Fort William, UK, pp. 83-89.

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Abstract

Nature and landscape writing includes creative writing about wild places. However, most authors have a literary background and are not outdoor ‘educators’. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, the reasons suggested are a lack of framing of outdoor experiences for this intent, the need for learning the skills of interpretation and lexicon and the offer of prolonged, powerful experiences and time for creative thinking and responses, such as an extended solo. It is suggested that outdoor educators may be too busy ‘experiencing’ to write, that they do not go ‘slow’ enough or that they are encapsulated in the ‘edginess of existence’ through adventure and just pass through their surroundings rather than connect with them. Outdoor educators have much to offer as they experience metaphorical or literal journeys comprising ‘flow’ rather than episodic encounter through lived experience to create rich embodied stories with ideological and social aspects so often overlooked in narrative.

Item Type: Book Section
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of 2013 Adventure Conference, Isle of Skye
Publisher: The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands
ISBN: 9780992971403
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 02:20
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1560

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