a WRITER EXPLORING our wild past...
A little ABOUT ME.
Hello and welcome to my website.
I'm Lora, a writer of history, folklore and the natural world, living amongst the rugged mountains of North Wales, UK.
I began my career in the TV industry in London, after studying English Literature at Durham University, reading scripts for ITV's drama department and writing factual programme content and comedy material for the BBC, Channel 4 and others.
Five years ago I moved out of London, relocating two hundred miles north to an 18th century farmhouse 1000ft above sea level, overlooking the ancient Dee Valley; a place of mountain and moor, steeped in folkore dating back millennia. It is here that I began writing creatively in earnest, finding inspiration for my work in the beautiful landscape around me. I am currently working on my first book for publication.
I'm endlessly fascinated by the power of words and how they can sting or soar - what Stephen Fry once called “the crunch, pleasure and surprise” of the English language. Olivia Laing, Robert Macfarlane and Maggie O'Farrell are amongst my favourite authors.
Completely passionate about the natural world, I hold a diploma in Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, and am just beginning the process of rewilding the land around my farmhouse to make it as rich an environment for the resident wildlife as possible. From March 2022, I will be reopening a small part of my home as a holiday apartment and writers' retreat, so if you're interested in making a booking, please do get in touch.
RETREAT to the ANCIENT HILLS.
My holiday apartment, Hillside, offers peace and tranquility in the wild hills of the North Wales borderlands, and I regularly enjoy welcoming guests from all over the world.
Sleeping two adults, Hillside has its own private entrance, large bedroom, separate kitchen and impressive living space, and provides the perfect retreat for writers, artists, sightseers or wildlife-lovers.
Relax in the private garden, amongst the bees and the soft fruits, and listen for the cuckoo in the woods across the field. You may even be lucky enough to see a female stoat bounding along the fence-line with a kit in her mouth, or catch a glimpse of a red kite or peregrine falcon gliding above.
Ideally located for exploring world heritage sites such as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, with a host of walks to choose from on the doorstep, Hillside is also within driving distance of the Snowdonia National Park.
Hampers full of locally-sourced produce are available on arrival, as well as a warm welcome and chilled water direct from the farm's own natural springs.
I only open Hillside for a limited time each month, but if you have a particular date in mind for your stay, please drop me a line anyway, as I may be able to accommmodate you.
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