Anna Selby is a poet and naturalist. Her most recent book, Field Notes, written mainly in and under the Atlantic Ocean using waterproof notebooks, was one of The LRB Bookshop’s Bestsellers for two years running and was an The Irish Times Books of the Year. Her writing often explores our connection with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with dancers, choreographers and conservationists, writes poetic-studies of different species in the field, directly from life and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment. She is one of the judges for this year’s Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, is doing a PhD on Empathy, Ecology and Plein Air Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and is as an editor for environmental, feminist publisher, Hazel Press.