News & Events

Esther is appointed Honorary Research Fellow

Esther has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

‘Field Notes From a Hidden City’ was shortlisted for both the Thwaites Wainwright and the Ondaatje Prizes

See details of both prizes here:

Ondaatje Prize

The Thwaites Wainwright Prize

‘Field Notes From a Hidden City’ under consideration for the prestigious Kirkus Prize



The Kirkus Prize was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, are automatically nominated for the 2014 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on October 23, 2014, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.
Winners of the 2014 Kirkus Prize will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 23rd in Austin, Texas

Read the Kirkus Review of ‘Field Notes from a Hidden City’ here:

‘Cold Vision’ launched at an event at the Hexham Book Festival.

‘Cold Vision’, an anthology of work inspired by Writers’ Residencies at Kielder, was launched at an event at the Hexham Book Festival. It includes Esther’s essay on the residency and poems by Kathleen Jamie and Paul Farley.


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Durham Book Festival – Nature Walk and Talk – October 12th

Saturday 12 October, 11am-1pm


Get info and tickets here

Wigtown Book Festival – Sunday 29th September


Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary


McNeillie TentSunday 29th September 2013 – 16:30
Sponsored by Priory Vet Centre

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Crathes Conversations with Esther Woolfson

On 26 Sep 2013

14:30 – 16:30

A Series of Stimulating Talks with Authors, Experts and Afternoon Tea. 

Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate is delighted to introduce its forthcoming programme of engaging talks and lively discussion during the autumn and winter months. 

We begin our series by welcoming the award-winning author Esther Woolfson, author of ‘Corvus: A Life with Birds’, who will be reading from and discussing her newly published work, ‘Field Notes form a Hidden City’. 

Presented in the Courtyard Conference Suite, there will be a homebaked afternoon tea before Esther speaks, followed by an opportunity for questions. 

Courtyard Conference Suite at Crathes 
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate 
AB31 5QJ 

Get info and tickets here

Friends of the Earth: Gull Song – Autumn Notes by Esther Woolfson‎

Friends of the Earth: Magpies – The Master Builders: Green Blog

The award-winning nature diarist Esther Woolfson celebrates the signs of summer in the second of her guest blog posts for Friends of the Earth. Read her spring blog here.

URBAN NATURE: DIARY ENTRIES Part of Bees & Nature and London Lit Festival May 27th 2013

Esther Woolfson and Tom Chivers explore the myriad ways the union of nature and the cityscape can be reflected in literary form.

Esther Woolfson is the author of Field Notes from a Hidden City – An Urban Nature Diary. This is an inspirational record of a year spent observing the ways in which man and creature live together in the urban context.

Tom Chivers is a poet, editor and arts producer who is currently leading a series of ‘urban pilgrimages’ through the streets of London for the climate change organisation Cape Farewell.

Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall