'The Oak Papers' Live interview with the author James Canton and Terry Flower.

The Oak Papers is an homage to the oak tree and the important role it plays today, in our landscape and in our lives James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying the ancient Honywood Oak. A colossus of a tree, it would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed. Inevitably he needs to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to its slower time frame, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around it, inside it and beneath it.
 
This leads him to investigate our long-standing dependency on the mighty oak, and how this has developed and morphed into myth and legend. We no longer build our houses and boats from them, use them to fuel our fires; physically, we don’t need them in the same way now. Or do we?
Blending personal experience with cultural legacy, The Oak Papers is a meditative and healing book about the lessons we can learn from the natural world, if only we slow down enough to listen.
 
JamesCanton has taught the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex since its inception in 2009, exploring the ties between literature, landscape and the environment. He is the author of Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain and Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape, which was inspired by his rural wanderings in East Anglia. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, Caught by the River and Earthlines. He has also appeared on television and radio and regularly gives talks and workshops.
 
(The Oak Papers was a 'Book of the Week' on Radio 4 in August!)