Author Archives: K L Price

About K L Price

My creative non-fiction has been published by Litro, Caught by the River, The Clearing and Earthlines. My short fiction by the Lampeter Review and Worcester Literary Festival's Flashes of Fiction. I wrote 'Kew Guide' (2014) for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and my writing about plants and gardens has been published in The Plantsman, The Alpine Gardener and the English Garden. I worked as a gardener at Kew for ten years and I am currently writing a book for Kew Publishing. I live in Twickenham, a suburb of south west London. @wildsuburban

What we talk about when we talk about pigeons

So many wood pigeons. I have played a small part in shoring up this overblown population. By one. One extra pigeon in 2017. This is how it happened. Continue reading

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The causeway and the wedding: ritual and hope on midsummer’s eve

First published in Earthlines magazine. Buy a subscription to support their wonderful work!  Steventon, Oxfordshire, June 2015. We would have been straight through and out the other side, were it not for the wedding we were going to in the … Continue reading

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The bee and the damson tree: everything is connected

The bee and the damson tree: what happens on a Munich balcony is a bewitching reminder of the interconnectedness of things Continue reading

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Bare trees, soft light and a glimpse of the coming year

A version of this piece about winter was first published in English Garden magazine, when I worked as a horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  You can almost feel the earth tilting towards the sun as we approach the end of winter. … Continue reading

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2015: thrice the kingfisher

I saw kingfishers along the river Crane three times this year. Each time I thought I’d burst. It’s amazing they’re thriving, given that the river has suffered four big ‘pollution incidents’ in the last four years.* The first glimpse of ice … Continue reading

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Time, tree planting and commuting with birds: hymn to suburbia

This year I have lived a full half century. My children have grown up and left. For the first time in my life I’m living entirely on my own. It’s bloody lovely, this freedom, but I do find myself staring into space. A lot. And if I look back? Blimey, I’m thinking in decades, not in years. Continue reading

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Clatter of corvids on a blustery day

I walk my neighbours’ dog Harry when I can. He’s about four I think, not the sharpest tool in the box, but quite polite and incurious as dogs go, and good undemanding company. We always head for the river. It’s … Continue reading

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Light, camera, action

Last day of October and there was so much going on outside. Though the nasturtium foliage has been shredded by the voracious cabbage white caterpillars, their flowers are still brilliant, bringing bees and hover flies to my door. Common carder … Continue reading

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Into the woods: early autumn in the fifth element

I’ve often thought of broadleaved woodland as the fifth element, somewhere between air and water. Continue reading

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Me and Heston walk all night

My short story ‘Me and Heston walked all night’ is based on my experience of volunteering in cold weather shelters in Central London in the 1980s Continue reading

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