Esther Woolfson was brought
up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University.
Her critically acclaimed short stories have appeared in many
anthologies including 'New Writing Scotland' and several volumes
of 'Scottish Short Stories'and have been read on Radio 4.
has won prizes for them and for nature writing.
She was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant which enabled
her to travel in Poland and Lithuania.
Esther won the Waterstone's/Arvon
short prize prize for her short story 'Passing On' and her short
story 'Statues' was shortlisted for the Macallan Prize.
story,'Chagall' is in the Scottish Arts Council on-line short
story archive and her article, 'Trump in Scotland' was published
in the American magazine n+1.
Her book on natural history, Corvus
was published by Granta in August, 2008. It was Book of the Week
on BBC Radio 4.
Her novel Piano Angel was published by Two Ravens Press October
Esther took part in an Artists' Residency at Aberdeen University's
Centre for Environmental Sustainability. She gave a paper on the
relationship between the arts and science, in which she examined
the breaking-down of the traditional separation between the disciplines.
was Writer in Residence at Kielder as part of the Hexham Book
Festival in 2012.
'Field Notes From a Hidden City' is about the relationship
between the urban and the 'wild', between the people who live
in cities and the most common species who share our living space
- pigeons, spiders, rats, squirrels. It touches on themes of
biology, climate change, phenology and the ethics of human-animal
relations. It is published in February 2013.