Students on the module Ecocriticism went to see two events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival this month. Ecocriticism examines how language can inspire people to reconnect with nature and work towards a more socially just and sustainable society. In the first event, Robert Macfarlane discussed his latest book, Landmarks, which brings together lost words of English which describe the natural features of the country. The hope is that by reviving these words we might start to notice overlooked parts of the natural environment around us. The other event examined the book My Family and Other Animals, with speakers including Lee Durrell, the wife of the late author Gerald Durrell, and Richard Kerridge, a leading nature writer and ecocritic.The speakers described how the enchanting descriptions of everyday nature in the book can help children reconnect with the world around them. The Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the leading literature festivals in the world, and students can get free tickets for a wide range of events due to University sponsorship.