Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

Meet the Writers

Introducing Lois and Melinda


Lois Williams

Lois is an award-winning writer with sixteen years of experience teaching poetry in university and community writing programmes. For many years she was Lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh. Raised on the Wash coast in Norfolk, Lois’s work explores landscape, memory, and our relationships with the natural world. She has taught workshops to writers from many walks of life, including young people in schools and colleges, women in shelter and rehab housing, business people, teachers, and residents on writing retreats. In 2014 she was Artist-in-Residence at The Frontier Zone Wisbech Arts Colony.

Lois’s writing appears in publications in the UK, US, and Canada, including pieces in The Rotary Dial, Verse Daily, Mslexia, and Granta.

Melinda Appleby

Melinda has extensive experience of landscape and environment policies and practice at national and regional level, having worked as a farm conservation adviser in Suffolk and then as the NFU’s environment adviser, later being appointed to the Board of English Nature and Natural England. Specialising in landscapes, their history, culture and management, Melinda has diversified into creative connections to place through writing and working with arts organisations. She is a member of the Waveney and Blyth Arts Forum and writes for their website. She has an MA (Distinction) in Wild Writing at Essex University and a Creative Writing Diploma from University of East Anglia. She won Country Living’s Best Writer Award in 2011 and has two landscape essays being published this spring: in Est, a new book of East Anglian writing from Dunlin Press, and in Norwich based Words & Women’s second anthology.

She is currently working with Essex University on an oral history project ‘Drawn to Nature’ and chairs CPRE’s National Policy Committee, where she is a keen advocate of the links between landscape and the arts.

Sandlines was developed by Melinda and Lois to encourage people to explore and understand their local landscape through writing in response to a direct experience of place. “You need to taste the wind on the heath and hear history flowing through rivers if you want to write about landscape.”



L to R: Nick Dickson (BNG Project Manager), Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.