The landscapes of northwest England are every English story we grew up reading. Any minute, you'll spot a Faraway Tree, or a Rabbithole, or a lamppost throwing the shadow of a great lion. Or, Jane walking in yellow fields as Rochester rides by, or Heathcliff glowering on a heather-blooming moor at Cathy's rainy window. Lizzie Bennet's only ever just out of frame.
Every path beckons. Every crag calls. Just like a book.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.