July 2022: Recipient 023, Lottie Walker

For the 23rd TWP Writers Grant, we’re excited to announce that July’s recipient is Lottie Walker. Lottie sent us a collection of poems and we were immediately smitten with their cleverness and dexterity. Lottie’s poems had a sharpness, this citrus kick that felt like salt on a wound. They stung us and in the same, offered a full complexity that we could chew on. We’re sharing that collection of Lottie’s poems as well as the first chapter of the novel she’s working on: Wild Garlic.

Bio: Lottie Walker is a writer from Somerset currently based in Cambridge. She is a graduate of Literary and Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam and is currently pursuing her Mst in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Lottie takes a creative and critical approach toward Queer Ecology and the concept of Paradise to investigate our relationship with the environment. Her eco- critical approach moves through interdisciplinary ways of thinking about the more-than human, her forthcoming work of creative non- fiction How does your Garden Grow? will explore the culture behind horticulture through conversations in and with the garden. In her poetry she renegotiates narratives of the natural world, her collection Eden was part of Laurel Collectives exhibition ‘Why Oracle Now- on grief, craft and foresight’ and was performed at Reading Climate Festival. Lottie is co-host of the poetry podcast Beetroot which aims to broaden discussions surrounding poetry for a new generation of readers. She has established several poetry evenings in Amsterdam, London and Cambridge and enjoys connecting with writers through workshops and performance.