Katie Holten is a celebrated artist and activist who has represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. Inspired by forests, trees, leaves, roots, and seeds, her new book The Language of Trees considers our relationship with literature and landscape, resulting in an astonishing fusion of storytelling and art and a deeply beautiful celebration of trees through the ages.
Featuring contributions from influential figures including Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Radiohead, Plato, and Gaia Vince, Holten gifts to readers her ground-breaking tree alphabet as a means to better read the natural world and illustrates each section with an abiding love and reverence for the magic of trees. Join Holten on a journey from creation myths and cave paintings to the death of a 3,500-year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry, unearthing a new way to see the natural beauty all around us and an urgent reminder of what could happen if we allow it to slip away.
Holten is joined by Gaia Vince, one of the contributors to the book.