Loncraine

Cove Park’s Literature Residency supports an established writer based in Scotland or the UK at a key stage in their work. We offer the writer time and space to pursue a project or new ways of working free from the pressure of specified outcomes, in a changing community of artists across a range of art-forms, career stages and nationalities. Recent Literature Residents include Ellen Aaku, Helen Cross, Gerry Cambridge, Jennie Erdal, John Glenday, Russell Celyn Jones, Jess Richards, Jo Shapcott, Zoe Strachan, Louise Welsh, Nicola White.

Rebecca Loncraine writes creative non-fiction that explores the boundaries between nature writing, environmentalism, memoir, travel and history.  She grew up on a remote hill farm in the Black Mountains of Wales and after attending art school, she gained a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University. Her first book was The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum (Penguin, Gotham). It tells the story of the origins of Oz in the transformative era of American history between the Civil War and the birth of cinema. Research for this book was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and The British Academy and included storm chasing across the Midwest.

Rebecca is currently writing a book about flight and the imagination entitled Skybound, to be published by Picador in 2016. This book is about how she faced her fears and took up glider flying in the Brecon Beacons after treatment for breast cancer. The book charts her healing journey through learning to fly without an engine, which lead her to fly in New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Nepal, where she flew with rescued endangered vultures in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rebecca’s agent is James Gill at United Agents.