Land in Mind: An anthology celebrating our love for the land

By Steve Gladwin

An illustrated anthology featuring interviews, original artwork and new stories on landscapes.

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"I don't have a seeing eye, for better or worse, but I can't go anywhere without a very strong sense of 'those who before us were': the children and women and men who were born and grew up and lived here and died here before me, who shaped and were shaped by this landscape." 
- Kevin Crossley-Holland 

Land in Mind is a joyous anthology that examines the landscapes of our past and present, to explore the connections between memory, nature and place.

How and when does our love of the land begin? How much does the place, and the land we were born in connect with how we still carry our childhood with us? Above all, in what ways have we chosen to express it and pass it on to others?

"The way the land is formed, its woods and rivers and valleys, are a sort of entry into the imagination. Land and Mind are so similar."
- Catherine Fisher

In this new anthology, edited by Steve Gladwin, an extraordinary list of contributors share their stories about landscapes. These include interviews, new literature, poems and artwork from Katherine Langrish, Phil Rickman, Jackie Morris, John Garth, John Matthews, Kit Berry, Ronald Hutton, Philip Carr-Gomm, Catherine Fisher, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Malachy Doyle, Grevel Lindop, Brian Sibley, Nicola Davies, Neil Philip, Julie Fowlis, Inbali Iserles, Jane Lovell, Jaqueline Harris, Marjan Wouda and many more. They are poets, novelists, writers for children, academics, folklorists, storytellers, teachers, landscape artists, historians, explorers, psychotherapists. They have been laureates, prize-winners, bestselling authors, and between them they live in all four countries of the United Kingdom and in Canada.

As well as examining our favourite physical landscapes, these writers will also take you to the landscapes of their imaginations, the ones depicted in myth and stories told to us in childhood, with sections on King Arthur, Selkies, The Inklings, The Otherworld, and Places of Childhood.

"I was free (for the world was safer then) to run wild, at will: exploring the woods of birch and oak, making a hollow tree my secret home."
- Brian Sibley 

Rich in detail and featuring a wide range of literature, this stunning anthology pays homage to the many ways in which we shape landscapes, and how they in turn, shape us.

Image credits: Design by Mecob. Images: © Shutterstock.com. Deer illustration by Inbali Iserles.

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    Steve Gladwin

    Steve Gladwin is a writer, performer/storyteller, FE drama teacher and workshop leader. Born in Grimsby, Lincs, he bounced from there to the glorious Bretton Hall College, back to Grimsby, and then to Bridgwater in Somerset before finally settling in Meifod in the Vyrnwy Valley, where he is content to stay, with his partner Rose, an illustrator and poet.


    Since the death of his wife Celia in 2006, Steve has worked a lot with loss and change. This led to the publication of his Tir Na n-Og shortlisted YA novel ‘The Seven’, (Pont Books) in 2013, and ‘The Raven’s Call’, (Slippery Jacks Press) in 2016. He was also co-writer and story editor of ‘Fragon Tales’ in 2015-16, and has recently had his short stories ‘Plays like the Greats’ and ‘The Ballad of Billie Lee’ published in anthologies from Dark Owl Press. As well as ‘Land in Mind’, Steve’s current projects include a sequel to ‘The Seven’, a middle grade novel about a professional Victorian ‘Bess o’ Bedlam’, ‘The Rathbone House’ a novel of English Faerie, and ‘The Enchanting of Mr Vaughan Williams’, a novella about his favourite composer, and a faerie muse.


    Steve was made an honorary bard of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids at the order’s winter assembly in Glastonbury in 2008. He is working freelance as a storyteller and workshop leader for Credu Powys Carers and has reached Level 3 of The Sophrology Institute’s Foundation course. Steve is currently collaborating with both Credu Powys and the Turkish writer Meltem Arikan, on their ‘Autistic Stand-Up Show’, ‘Still Curious’.


    One day Steve would like to live near the sea and play his flute a lot more. He will probably always be obsessed with Welsh myth and Wagner.

  • I supposed that the landscape depicted on this map was purely imaginary, like the cartography encountered in other works of fiction. How, sixty years ago, could an eleven-year-old have known that the mountains, forests and scattered archipelagos of the world of the Moomins had been drawn from the Finnish author-artist’s Nordic homeland? Finland to a child in 1961 was as fantastically remote as Narnia or Middle-earth.   

    This map that inveigled me into the book also featured a plan of the tall, round, Moominhouse – the place where so many of the stories have their beginning and their end. Moominhouse is a very particular residence: a haven for family and a refuge for outsiders who are always accommodated without question or quibble and where the governing philosophy is one that advocates the freedom and joy of self-expression, tempered only with an awareness and acceptance of the individualism of others. It is a place of security and tranquillity and, most importantly, has none of those restraining locked doors and barred windows one encounters in so many other houses – both in literature and in life.   

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  • 23rd November 2021 With a little help from my Friends

    Hello, everyone and big thanks for your continued support. Part of this second update is to welcome three brand new contributors to 'Land in Mind' - poet Jane Lovell and writer and artist creative duo Jacqueline Harris and Marjan Wouda., But we will return to them in a minute.

    Below you will find a lovely film clip from one of our contributors, writer and editor Philippa Francis, also known as…

    8th November 2021 A Child At Heart

    Hello everyone, and my grateful thanks for your support and pledges. It's really appreciated by both myself, our many wonderful contributors, and the lovely team at 'Unbound' itself. I am attaching a more detailed video to this, and you will have to forgive me for not always looking at you. It's still something I need to get to grips with. I do have dyspraxia and this can make for an often funny but…

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