Harriet Fraser is a writer of poetry and prose from Kendal, UK. She received a degree in Comparative Religion from Manchester University, focusing on Indian Society, Religions, and Languages, and Buddhist philosophy. In 2017, she received an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Harriet began her career in 1992 as a writer for Rough Guides where she researched and co-authored the first edition of the Rough Guide to India. She spent about five years as a writer and editor, working on documentaries and reporting, with a focus on travel narratives, exploration, and walking. She subsequently collaborated with healthcare professionals in London where her writing addressed women’s health, childbirth, infancy, and family. She has written and co-written seven books, and published articles in newspapers and magazines including Earthliness, The Telegraph, Dark Mountain, and Geographical Magazine. In addition to her writing practice, Harriet has also worked as Community Outreach Officer for the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, helping to create hubs for poetry across the south of Cumbria.
In the course of her MPhil at Glasgow University, Harriet developed the concept of ‘Open Fell Poetics’. This integrates land art and poetry through temporary installations and permanent sculptures that feature poetry situated in open landscapes. She continues to explore methods of merging concrete poetry into land. Her collaborative work with photographer Rob Fraser has included several projects, including Land Keepers, The Long View, and Sense of Here. Harriet’s work with Rob focuses on issues of place and human interaction with natural environments and is exhibited widely throughout the UK. You can visit their website to learn more about their projects and see images: http://www.somewhere-nowhere.com/.