Words from the Water

Various Writers


Painting of Grasmere, Lake District
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Three swimming writers discuss the currents flowing between swimming, life-writing and poetry.

Featuring Jessica J. Lee, Nina Mingya Powles, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and hosted by Polly Atkin.

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Wet Hair

Nina Mingya Powles

WET HAIR  (or, the last bodies of water that I have touched) Read here

Jessica J Lee

Jessica J. Lee

First Lake (Love)
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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Ruddy Darter & Hoverfly
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