Out to grass

Two nice grass-related events happened today. I appeared on a BBC Radio 4 Natural History programme this morning, talking about evolution of plants and humans. It will be available for a while as a podcast. My son happened to hear the show in the car and didn’t recognise his own father’s voice, which he thought…

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Two new posts about the literary and scientific history of food

I’ve recently made two new additions to Harvests at the Brink, concerning a workshop talk by Richard and our latest publication: J E Archer, H Thomas, R Marggraf Turley. 2017. The millers’ tales: sustainability, the arts and the watermill. In: Literature and Sustainability. Concept, Text and Culture (eds A Johns-Putra, J Parham, L Squire) pp 13-32. Manchester: University Press.

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Plant pigments

Helen Ougham and I are co-authors on a paper about the colours of plants, to be published in the Welsh language science journal Gwerddon: Y ddeilen hon: natur, gwreiddiau a dibenion lliwiau dail Y mae cyflwr yr amgylchedd a threigl amser yn cael eu hadlewyrchu yn lliwiau newidiol y planhigion sydd o’n cwmpas. Y mae cloroffyl,…

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Clarinet redux

Beginning with Nance Wilson’s Popup Jazzclub last November, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to return to my roots and renew my ambivalent relationship with the squawking twig. I’ve been fortunate to record with the group led by David Ward (guitar) that includes Michaei Coughlin (bass), either Tony Bevan or Richard Nash (drums) and Nance Wilson or…

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Nance Wilson’s Popup Jazz Club

A good time was had by all at the Rushden (Herts) jazz celebration on 19 November. Many musicians, much food, appreciative audience, memorable music. For me, the high point was a set on clarinet with David Ward’s trio (David on guitar, Michael Coughlin on bass, Tony Bevan on drums) and Nance on vocal duty. Here are…

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