In Conversation | Ellen Coon & Isabella Tree | Granta

In Conversation

Ellen Coon & Isabella Tree

‘The soil itself is filled with divine feminine energy. It’s alive, it’s pulsating.’

Ellen Coon

Ellen Coon has been collecting oral histories in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal for over thirty years.  A former Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Master’s degree in Oral History from Columbia University, where her thesis was awarded runner-up for the 2017 Joseph R. Brodsky Oral History Award. She has published articles in the Himalayan Research Bulletin and Hinduism Today, and is currently working on a book about five Newar women, whose narratives of deity possession, encounters with supernaturals, and healing hurt land convey a unique ethic of place, based on mutual love and tending.

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Isabella Tree

Isabella Tree is the award-winning author of five books, most recently Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm, which charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in Sussex, where she lives.

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