Lucy is an environmental writer based in Bristol. From the south west of England and raised on the moors Lucy used to sing to the sheep from her bedroom window. She spends most of her time trying to think of creative, entertaining stories about climate change that don’t (repeat don’t) fall in to the doom trap.
How would you define your poetics?
Loosely speaking, I’d say I’m heavily influenced by those Canadian titans of 20th century literature, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. Post-modernist with a strong female voice (if I say so myself), and a large dose of a nod and a wink directed at the reader.
Can you describe your creative process?
Once the (usually nebulous) idea is down and developed, I’ll start absorbing some influences, reading and listening to audio books and podcasts, and looking up images or even movies, as I’m quite visual. I have also been known to create various Pinterest boards in the past! I then like to develop the characters in line with the plot and find out what makes them tick before getting into the nitty gritty of an exchange.
What keeps you inspired and motivated?
This will sound bizarre, climate change and social issues are what keep me motivated. I think it’s thanks to cutting my teeth in journalism, so those are things are what I write about the most, although of course there’s always room for change and new inspirations. All the amazing people working towards a genuinely sustainable future (not the big oil companies greenwashing their way through it) are who inspire me, including some of the big figures like David Attenborough and Dr Sylvia Earle. That and anim!
How do you think projects like Tit’n’Tales can make a difference?
We need all the voices of all kinds, and all different sizes of platform to speak from. Creativity and the arts are so important to everything we do in humanity, and telling stories helps us digest the world around us. Projects like this help different, new, perhaps emerging and uncovering voices to find a space and be part of the conversation. That doesn’t just apply to climate change but everything humanity does. When it is about that, the importance of a variety of stories to imagine this enormous issue becomes even more heightened.