to Roselle Angwin’s writing website*

poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books
holistic creative writing courses & retreats

The spirit of 30 years of Fire in the Head
words, images, land & the creative process
sister site to: www.thewildways.co.uk


‘Roselle has a remarkable ability to get you to write.’ The Guardian, 1998. From a whole-page interview with me on the launch of my first long novel-writing course.

Summer 2022: we have just now moved to Brittany, France, where we will be guardians of several hectares of spectacular meadow and woodland and an ancient shambling farmhouse. Our long-term vision is permaculture, fruit and nut trees, rewilding and general stewarding of this magical place, not far from the forest that features in my latest book. This and my own writing will be my future focus, though I will continue to offer Islands of the Heart on Iona, and occasional online weeks, including the new Writing the Bright Moment Part 11: Encounters with Kin: the new nature memoir (more details to come).

NEW BOOK: A Spell in the Forest – tongues in trees
Published by Moon Books in June 2021 (you can read reviews on Amazon, and also here)

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A Spell in the Forest – tongues in trees

This book is drawn partly from my popular yearlong Tongues in Trees course. If you missed the launch event for Spell on Thursday July 1st 2021, you are warmly invited to watch it here. (NB only the first few minutes are shambolic! After that, we muted people’s mics.)

MARCH 2021
Roselle on YouTube
On this link, you should be able to watch and listen to an interview with me, in which creative writing lecturer Lania Knight asks me about my site-specific work, my relationship to place, and to the other-than-human. (It’s one of the few interviews and recordings which don’t make me cringe on listening back.)


‘Like the philosopher Simone Weil, another great teacher, Angwin is dedicated to encouraging the arts of reading, looking, listening, and of reflection, of really paying attention – arts which can be developed – as input to the writing. And, like her book [Writing the Bright Moment], she is truly an inspiration.’ Katherine Gallagher

Writing the Bright Moment – Poetry, Nature & Mindfulness is an inspiring new online solo but supported writing retreat. We work in a spirit of creative attentiveness and depth. People seem to find it invaluable, and since its inception in August 2020 several have repeated it at a different time of year. Next dates still to be scheduled for autumn 2022; plus ‘Part 2’.

Poetry, Imagination & the Ensouled Life was new in 2021. The first week, in May, had very complimentary feedback. A further week will be offered in the autumn of 2022.

I’m currently cooking a 3rd online course (this will be Part 2 , the prose part, of ‘Writing the Bright Moment’, as above) with, like the others, the practice of mindfulness and attention to the larger-than-human world in the mix: Encounters with Kin: the new nature memoir.

Click here for FIRE IN THE HEAD: the what

You can listen to my long Dartmoor poem River Suite here (approx. 12 minutes. Switch off the lights, close your eyes, and let the moor take you.) The link will take you to SoundCloud, where I’ve a few pieces to listen to, with more coming.

For those many of you with whom I’ve worked for up to 3 decades: I’m constantly aware of the community of the ‘shaping spirit of imagination’ that we co-create. In this time especially I value the connections we have, even if those are mostly virtual. Stay well; keep being inspired. And thank you for continuing to support my work.

JUNE 2019: The Telegraph (Travel section) listed my Iona courses among ‘the world’s [ten] best writing holidays’.

*Most of my work now concerns itself with deepening a holistic relationship with the rest of the natural world, a matter of urgency if we want to stop destroying our home. Generally, my ‘way in’, for myself & those who work with me, is the creative process of engagement, exploration, enquiry & expression through writing. All my work is soulwork, in effect. Our relationship with the other-than-human is made more explicit on my other site, The Wild Ways (‘ecosoul: the ecological imagination’).

Please refresh these pages when you visit, as I’m constantly updating and adding to them. If you would like to be informed of new events, you can use the Contact form to send your email address.

River Suite cover
‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.’ ~ John Keats

‘I’d describe [Roselle] as an eco-alchemist. By weaving together Celtic mythology, druidic wisdom, earth-based and creative practices she facilitates an awakening to the interconnectedness of all creation and reminds us of the sacred nature of our shared home.’ S R Reed


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