We’re delighted to celebrate James Canton’s latest book, The Oak Papers as The Essex Read for 2021.

We launched The Essex Read in 2018, a project that harnesses the power of reading to bring people together. We want to encourage the whole of Essex, whether lone reader or part of a book club, to be reading the same book: The Oak Papers by James Canton.

James Canton is a nature and travel writer who leads the MA in Wild Writing at University of Essex. His writing focuses on the ties between nature, literature and the environment. For this book, James spent two years sitting with and studying the ancient Honywood Oak. Blending personal experience with cultural legacy, The Oak Papers is a meditative and healing book about the lessons we can learn from the natural world, if only we slow down enough to listen.

“An enchanting piece of nature writing and a meditation on finding connection in a disconnected world” 


Find out more about The Oak Papers https://jamescanton.co.uk/books/the-oak-papers/
Buy the book at https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-oak-papers/9781838851507

We invite you to come together to discuss and share your thoughts about the book. James Canton will be sharing his thoughts, leading walks and workshops in July 2021.