About Us

Words for the Wild

 

— a platform for new writing run by Amanda Oosthuizen and Louise Taylor

 

 

We are writers who love the countryside, and we want to stop the kind of development that will destroy our gorgeous green land; we want to conserve it for future generations. Of course we need houses but we also need to protect wildlife and retain these pockets of peacefulness where we can walk our dogs or jog or cycle or build dens, play or paint, or simply wander and think.

Our plan is to make a stir!

Join us.

We would love to read your stories and poems about the countryside.

For submission guidelines click on:

Anthology

 

It is always helpful to know a little about the people who will read your work. Here we are:

 

Reading

Amanda 

– Amanda is pretty open-minded and reads almost anything with great pleasure (except horror) but her passion is for the experimental. If your work is strange, all the better and it may find a home here. Of course well-crafted writing and stories and poems that surprise are the key ingredients. 

She has just finished reading ‘H(a)ppy’ by Nicola Barker, K.J. Orr’s ‘Light Box’ and ‘Over the Moon’ by Imtiaz Dharker – each of these books is a treat. She is hoping to get Sasha Dugdale’s ‘Joy’ for Christmas. She also loves Thomas Hardy.

 

 

 “I fear for the green fields between Stoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, which is where I walk my dogs every day. I’m fearful because the council has voted to build 5,200 houses and a major road on those fields which will have a dreadful impact on the wildlife and woodland, and will certainly destroy the tranquility, and that’s what I love about the place. I go there for spiritual replenishment. It means a lot to me.”

 

Louise

 

– Louise has a particular love for nature writing in all its guises, whether that be in poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction, which she traces back to discovering Gerald Durrell’s books as a child. Nowadays, as well as an ongoing weakness for Corfu in the 1930s, she enjoys going backwards and forwards in time to discover new places, people and creatures through the written word. Recently, she has relished Ruth Padel’s ‘The Mara Crossing’, Sherry Simpson’s ‘The Way Winter Comes’ and Barbara Pym’s ‘Quartet in Autumn’. Find a genuine home for nature in your work and you’re half-way to having her heart.

 

“I’m lucky enough to have seen, first-hand, some of the world’s most iconic natural species and spectacles, including the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and wild tigresses with their cubs in the Indian Sal forests of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. However, the woods and fields that surround my small village, near Winchester, are as beautiful and precious as any exotic place I’ve visited. I cannot bear the thought that future generations might not see tawny owls sweep across the tree-tops in the half-light or watch a hare, at dawn, stretch its long legs across a stubble field.”

Amanda oosthuizen

Amanda’s stories and poems have been anthologised, published in literary magazines, shown in galleries, in Winchester Cathedral and on the London Underground. A series of ten poems was displayed in Oxfordshire as part of a collaboration with artist, Lucy Ash. Recent work is at 3:AM and Magma, and forthcoming in Storgy, Under the Radar, The Pre-Raphaelite Review and Cosmonauts Avenue. Recent competition listings include:The London Magazine’s, The Pre-Raphaelite Society’s,The Welsh Review awards, and The Winchester Poetry Festival competition where she won the Hampshire Prize. In the distant past she studied Music and English Literature and more recently gained an M.A. with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, where she was joint winner of the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. Her website is at amandaoosthuizen.com

Louise Taylor

 

Louise’s poetry, stories and creative non-fiction have been published on the internet, in print and locally, in Hampshire, as part of 10daysWinchester, a biennial arts festival. She has twice been runner-up in BBC Wildlife’s Travel Writer of the Year competition and recently won the Writers and Artists/Retreat West short story competition, with a dystopian piece exploring the aftermath of some cataclysmic natural event. Originally a barrister who worked in the City for many years, she also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester and now works as a freelance writer.

Her website is at http://www.nofrigatelikeabook.com/

3 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I have been writing poems along the lines you describe over a number of years, and although I have performed them, they are as yet unpublished.
    Supposing I sent some (four?) to you, and you included them on this website, would this preclude later publication elsewhere?
    Mike Gower

    1. Hi Mark,
      It depends where you send them but generally, if work is published on a website, it is considered ‘published’.
      All the best,
      Amanda

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