City of Literature

Looking, Large and Small

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Jessica J. Lee

Available from Friday 28 May, 1PM

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Explore the magic of the natural world, up close, with Looking, Large and Small: an online seasonal pack of observations, illustrations and exercises brought to you by nature writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee and novelist and illustrator Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.

Through a series of diary-like entries with observations of the changing seasons followed by easy exercises for you to complete, this guide will have you crouching to peer at tiny mosses beneath the hedgerow and craning your neck to search forests for crown shyness.

Looking, Large and Small is mobile- and -desktop friendly, and is suitable for readers of any age and location – whatever kinds of plant- and wildlife you might find nearby. It is a four-part project with instalments released in tandem with the season.


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

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Age guidance: Suitable for all ages

About the authors

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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


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28 May

01:00 pm


Jessica J. Lee image © Ricardo Rivas

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.

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