Author Talk with Amy Jeffs talking about Wild
19th October 2022, 6pm
From the author of Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain comes a book that will
reconnect, engross and indulge readers in wild landscapes and pause to reflect on our current position and relationship with nature. Amy Jeffs will be at Red Lion Books on 19th October. Early booking is advisable. £25 will include Author Talk, a signed, hardback copy of Wild and a welcome drink.
Sheer cliffs, salt spray, explosive sea spume, thunderous clouds, icy waves, whales with mountains on their backs, sleet, bitter winds, bleak, impenetrable marshes, howling wolves, forests, the unceasing cries of birds and the death grip of subterranean vaults that have never seen the sun: these are wild landscapes of a world almost familiar. In Wild, Amy Jeffs journeys – on foot and through medieval texts – from landscapes of desolation to hope, offering the reader an insight into a world at once distant and profoundly close to home. The seven chapters, entitled Earth, Ocean, Forest, Beast, Fen, Catastrophe, Paradise, open with fiction and close with reflection. They blend reflections of travels through fen, forest and cave, with retelling of medieval texts that offer rich
depictions of the natural world, from the Old English elegies, the Welsh Englynion, the Irish immrama – stories that largely represent figures whose voices are not generally heard in the corpus of medieval literature: women, outcasts, animals.
Illustrated with original wood engravings, evoking an atmospheric world of whales, wolves, caves, cuckoos and reeds,
Dr Amy Jeffs is an art historian specialising in the Middle Ages as well as an artist.
In 2019, she gained a PhD in Art History from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,
having studied for earlier degrees at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University
of Cambridge. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for
Studies in British Art. She has researched medieval badges and pilgrim souvenirs at the
British Museum and worked in the British Library’s department of Ancient, Medieval
and Early Modern manuscripts. Her writing is often accompanied by her own linocut
and wood-engraved prints. Amy is a regular contributor to Country Life Magazine, and
is based in Somerset. Her first book, Storyland, was shortlisted for Waterstones Book of
the Year. Wild is her second book.