James Canton

Dr James Canton runs Wild Writing, the brilliant New Nature Writing course at the University of Essex.

His work includes The Oak Papers most recently with Canongate, Ancient Wonderings , Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (Oxford: Signal Books, 2013), From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia (London: I. B. Tauris, 2011) and in Egypt with the American University Press. He was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Essex in 2008. He reviews for the TLS and also for Caught by the River and writes extensively and reviews books and music for Earthlines.

James is a regular on television and radio; on Anglia TV, ‘On Ronald Blythe’, and on BBC Essex talking about J. A. Baker. He lectures frequently; ‘Back into the Wild: Towards a New Nature Writing’ (2014), University of Essex; ‘Ronald Blythe: A Celebration’, (2013), Nayland Church, Suffolk; ‘Water’: Essex Book Festival, (2013). He also exhibits his photographs.


James is currently working on Rewild, acquired by Canongate.