Dr Rebecca Welshman
The West Country
Bio: I work in environmental literature. My publications include a chapter on Hardy and archaeology in 'Thomas Hardy in Context', edited by Phillip Mallet (Cambridge University Press, 2013), various articles on Richard Jefferies and Victorian prehistory, and a contribution to the Green Letters journal about reading, literature, and sustainability. I co-edited an anthology of Jefferies' works in 2010, with Hugoe Matthews. I am a committee member of the Richard Jefferies Society and Thomas Hardy Society, and a Trustee of the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust. I live in Cumbria. Simon Coleman, who contributes to the Jefferies blog, has been a member of the Jefferies Society since 2000. He is interested in Jefferies' writing on place, his use of Greek ideas of natural beauty and the union of mind and body, and in promoting his value today as a writer who brought a spiritual dimension to human interaction with nature. Simon's other interests include Walt Whitman, mythology (especially Celtic, Greek and Norse), literary archives, exploring the downland of southern England. Some of his favourite places are Exmoor, and the northern Scottish islands (especially Orkney).