The Stare - wolves and the Scottish Highlands

Wild: An Elemental Journey

Last updated 4th May 2006


This page highlights the work of artists and writers who are exploring Wildland Network issues and passions.


Playwright Samantha Ellis is keeping a diary while she researches 'The Stare', her new play about the reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish Highlands. At the heart of the play lies the question of 'faunal rewilding': the putting back of dangerous animals into places where they have become extinct.

The diary's first instalment follows her progress from the idea that sparked her interest, reading about Aboriginal women protesting against the re-introduction of crocodiles, to her own encounter with a wolf. It also includes her response to the Wildland Network event Scary or What?

"At dusk, thirty of us venture into the Forest of Dean to track wild boar, which were reintroduced by mistake when they escaped from wild boar farms. In the forest it is dark and mossy, bats are emerging, and we're looking for 'field signs' (thatís conservationistsí code for scat and hair and scratches). I pull some hairs out of a tree trunk. They are long and brown and coarse. I feel about a million miles from my desk in London"

To see the whole of Samantha's Play Journal, go to

Wild: An Elemental Journey, with Jay Griffiths

The Gaia Foundation and The Wilderness Foundation are pleased to invite you to the book launch on Wednesday, 23 May 2007. Drinks and buffet at Gaia House, 18 Well Walk, London, NW3 from 6pm (Nearest tube Hampstead - Northern Line) A contribution of £7 will be appreciated

7.30 pm Talk and Discussion at Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 (Opposite Gaia House)

Join us for the book launch of Wild: An Elemental Journey, with author Jay Griffiths. Recounting her extraordinary odyssey to the wildernesses of the world, she will describe her journeys among the Earth's indigenous peoples; meeting cannibals; drinking shamanic medicine with Amazonian healers; visiting sea gypsies and journeying to meet freedom fighters in West Papua.

Jay is keenly interested in indigenous thought. She challenges the intellectual apartheid of the dominant global culture arguing that wild land is intrinsic to the health of the human mind. Her story will also take us into the uncharted lands of the wild mind, exploring the words and meanings and ideas of the wild: her book, passionate, political and provocative, is a manifesto for the essential wildness of the human spirit.

Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; for which she was named as the best new non-fiction writer in the USA, 2003.  Her writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Guardian,  The Ecologist, New Internationalist, Utne, and The Idler.

Signed copies of Wild will be available for purchase on the night.

RVSP to Lizzie Cooke on or telephone 020 7428 0055