City of Literature

Looking, Large and Small (Event)

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Jessica J. Lee

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Join nature writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee and novelist and illustrator Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for a peek behind the hedge at the process of creating Looking, Large and Small: an online resource which brings readers closer to the natural world around them.

Hear how Jessica and Rowan approach the natural world through their own writing and drawing, and how a year in lockdown inspired them to create a friendly and accessible digital resource for readers young and old to watch the magic of each season up close – from the unfurling leaf to the formation of fruit, and the beautiful patterns of frost in the colder months.


This event is part of the City of Literature programme, in partnership with National Centre for Writing.

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About the authors

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of Harmless Like You and Starling Days. Her work has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Her illustrations have been featured by The Second Shelf Bookshop, The Literary Consultancy, Catapult Magazine, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Visit Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s website here


Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee is an author, environmental historian, and winner of the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the 2020 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She has written two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019) and has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and works as a researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Visit Jessica J. Lee’s website here


This is a free, online event. Register in advance to receive a streaming link.

This event will come off sale two hours before it starts, you will receive information about how to join the event between an hour and a day before the event. 

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30 May

11:00 am


Part of Open Doors, a series of original commissions and open submissions from the National Centre for Writing. Supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund.

City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by National Centre for Writing

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