thomas m wilson

Stepping Off Meets the Public

March 2nd, 2017


At the start of February I launched my new book, Stepping Off: Rewilding and Belonging in the South-West, at an event at Clancy’s in Fremantle.  On Tuesday evening this week I was talking about the book down at Albany Library.




As I was in the area I decided to camp for a couple of nights close to the coast just west of Denmark.  The colours of the water struck me, as did the different stages water passes through as it moves through the watershed.

From the river…img_20170227_074745-1

To the inlet…



To the sea…



The publication process is a bit like that.  The water passes through roots and soil into a rivulet, and then into a creek, deep in the shadows of the forest.  Eventually it passes into a river, then pools in an inlet, and finally, passes the sand bar into the Southern Ocean.  The book is a secretive project for a long time, and takes all kinds of branching and dividing investigations and research.  Then eventually, after seemingly endless editorial revisions, it ultimately enters the great realm of public reception and opinion.

I’m looking forward to hearing what happens next.