welcome

– Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood –

Sir Walter Scott

Fàilte!

Welcome to Wild Soul Walks. Here is a haven and a retreat from the stresses of life. Where the Scottish landscape brings you nature writing and well-being. Here is a place to escape into soothing words and lush photography. A chance to slow down. To find calm.

I am J L Hall, a Scots writer who, after two long decades in London, returned home to Scotland. Here, in this big sky country, I can feel the wind in my hair and a sting in my cheeks. I can breathe. Let me share this with you.

I live with my partner by the sea in Edinburgh where I teach creative writing classes and coach writers. When I am not working, or writing, I am walking along the wind-battered coast beach-combing and taking photographs.

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My travel writing has won an international writing prize, my short stories, life writing, and essays have been published in anthologies, in podcasts, and online including 24 StoriesTempestA Narrative MapAM Heath/TLC Reads anthologies, plus the forthcoming recovery anthology, A Wild and Precious Life, and Patrician Press short-fiction collection, Rebel Alliance, Booksbywomen.org, Imustbeoff.com, and The Mechanics’ Institute Review.

I am currently writing, living, and breathing my non-fiction book on walking, nature, and wellbeing. I have written one (and a bit) novels, both steeped in place. Both novels have been finalists in fiction awards. For more on my writing, you can take a look at wwwjlhallwriter.com

I live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and my creative practice of writing and photography is essential to my well-being. I absolutely believe that walking in nature, day after day, in the Scottish elements is changing my life. Wild Soul Walks is my journey.

Fàilte. Stay awhile.

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