Rob Cowen is an award-winning writer, poet and author. His 2012 debut Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors. His second book, Common Ground (2015), is recognised as a seminal and genre-defying work redefining writing on people and place. Common Ground was voted third in a 2018 poll to find Britain’s favourite nature book of all time, a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Times, Telegraph and Independent, and a ‘Top Ten Readers’ Choice’ in the Guardian. It was also shortlisted for the Wainwright, Portico and Richard Jefferies Society prizes. His debut book of poetry, The Heeding (2021), was shortlisted for both the Books Are My Bag and Richard Jefferies Society prizes and became a bestselling book of poetry in 2021. Rob has contributed to the Independent, New York Times, Guardian and Telegraph and has written essays and radio programmes for the BBC. His work has featured in various global journals and books. He lives in North Yorkshire.


The Heeding

Longlisted – Wainwright Prize 2022
Shortlisted – Richard Jefferies Society Prize 2021
Shortlisted – Books Are My Bag Award 2021


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Common Ground

Top 3 – Britain’s Favourite Nature Book (BBC) 2018
Shortlisted – Wainwright Prize 2016
Shortlisted – Richard Jefferies Society Prize 2015
Shortlisted – Portico Prize for Literature 2015
‘Book Of The Year’ in the Times, the Independent and The Sunday Express
Top Ten Readers’ Choice 2015 the Guardian


Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild

Awarded – Society of Authors Roger Deakin Prize 2012