This will be included as a mini booklet in every collection, it aims to present ecocritical philosophy in a consumable, interesting and understandable manner.
Wayward Collections are not nature books. Wayward London rejects the romantic and unrelatable traditions of old nature writing. The nature of London is not the nature of romantic wanderers, it is not idyllic and rural and beautiful. Nature is weird. Nature is so weird that even years of research and observation doesn’t make it less weird. The nature that is thriving in London is rebellious, resilient and wholly strange. We have a great tendency to think of nature as fragile, especially in light of the climate crisis, but the natural world is far from fragile. Understanding the climate crisis asks us all to zoom out, to imagine a world where our actions, as the human species, are as devastating as an earthquake or a tsunami. We are part of nature, but we are also a geophysical force in our own right. “When you think about where your waste goes, your world starts to shrink” and then, when you realise there are ecosystems that are thriving in a landfill site, your views on nature become twisted and uncertain. Humans like nature to be something that is ‘over there’, something abstract, understandable and fragile; this is how we justify our inherent and overwhelming desire to control nature. The Wayward Collections want to free nature, we want you to watch weeds growing through cracks in the pavement and laugh and wonder. What we have done to the world is depressing, but what the world is doing in spite of us is weird and wonderful.