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Our Team

 

Naomi Racz

Co-Founder & Editor

Naomi first became interested in urban nature whilst studying for an MA in Writing, Nature and Place in Cornwall. Advised to “write what you know” she realised that what she knows is cities. Inspired by Richard Mabey’s The Unofficial Countryside, she began exploring nature in her home city of Manchester. Naomi has since lived in Nottingham, Amsterdam, and now Toronto. Naomi writes about urban nature on her blog and is currently (slowly) reading and reviewing her way through a history of urban nature writing. Her writing has also appeared in City Creatures, The Real Story, and The Learned Pig. When not writing she can be found reading, drinking tea, hanging off bits of plastic in the bouldering gym, or walking her dog.

Holly McKelvey

Co-Founder & Illustrator

Holly’s love for urban nature started when she was a kid snacking on mustard flowers and picking sage on hikes through the foothills of urban Los Angeles. While studying a BSc in geology and an MSc in environmental sciences, she became increasingly fascinated by the way in which geology, nature, and landscape shape urban environments. In 2018, now living in northern Germany, she began to work as a freelance illustrator and science communicator, drawing on her studies for inspiration, and found the theme of urban nature appearing in her work again and again. In particular, through her ongoing series “Portraits of Place”, she explores urban biodiversity in cities and the relationship between humans and nature in different ecosystems and landscapes. Her art has appeared in Split Rock Review, Grow n’ Pains, and CCT-SeeCity. Apart from art, Holly loves to take cycling trips in places where she can wild camp and collect berries. Hot chocolate is her drink of choice.