2019 Nature Writing Prize winners

Griffith Review is delighted present the dual winners of The Nature Conservancy Australia’s fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

In ‘An orchard for my father’, Jenny Sinclair inspects the intersections of climate, history, family and home. As she explores the features of the land she calls home, Sinclair reflects on the environmental changes she has seen in her own lifetime and asks what could be next for her small pocket of the world.

In ‘On the margins of the good swamp’, Sue Castrique clambers through an urban landscape to find evidence of Gumbramorra Swamp, hidden under the streets of Marrickville in Sydney. Reaching through years of floods and industrialisation, Castrique reveals the fragile, yet powerful, waterways beneath our feet.

Both essays have been published here with the support of the McLean Foundation.