Peter Reason

recent publications

Voicing Rivers Through Ontopoetics 2022

On Sentience 2021

On Presence 2019

Peter Reason is a writer who aims to link the tradition of nature writing with the ecological crisis of our times. He is currently engaged in a series of experiential and co-operative inquiries exploring living cosmos panpsychism: What would it be like to live in a world of sentient beings rather than inert objects? How would we relate to such a world? His most recent publications are (with Jacqueline Kurio) Voicing Rivers Through Ontopoetics (2022); and (with artist Sarah Gillespie) On Sentience: Essays | Drawings (2021), and On Presence: Essays | Drawings (2019) in which words and images offer complementary reflections on the living presence of the world. His two books, Spindrift: A wilderness pilgrimage at sea (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014) and In Search of Grace: An ecological pilgrimage (Earth Books 2017) weave explorations of the human place in the ecology of the planet into the stories of sailing voyages. He has contributed to Resurgence & Ecologist, EarthLines, GreenSpirit, Zoomorphic, LossLit, The Island Review, and The Clearing.  Prior to retirement from academia, Peter was a leading figure in developing the theory and practice of action research in writing, teaching and research, Director of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at the University of Bath. He co-edited the Sage Handbook of Action Research (Sage, 2001, 2008) and founded the journal Action Research. Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath, his on-line presence is through and on Twitter @peterreason

Saturday 11th June 2022

Peter will be proposing the morning debate and contributing songs to the afternoon performance of The Waste Land Revisited. Several of his workshop-inspired pieces appear in the afternoon script and in the collaborative Waste Land Revisited anthology.



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