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Nettle-Eater, 2020 edition, green cover
Nettle-Eater, special green-cover edition for 2020 (3rd edition)


This piece first appeared in a previous version in Dark Mountain III, along with Sometimes a Wild God. Ever since, it's nagged at me to make it into something more. Winter 2017-18 and I've finally done it.

The new special 2020 edition of Nettle-Eater is out in April 2020 from Hedgespoken Press and is available to order now, right here (or see the links at the bottom of this page.)

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In August 2018, I made a recording of it. It's available as an mp3 to download and listen to for a mere £3, but you can also listen to it right here:



On the Hedgespoken Shop page, it says this:

Nettle-Eater is a short, sharp prose-howl in the direction of genuine and magical wildness and an uncompromising love-letter to the wild places of Dartmoor.

I couldn’t disagre.

You can buy Nettle-Eater using the buttons below the piece, or by going straight to the Hedgespoken Shop here.



In my youth I committed black deeds.

In maturity I practised innocence.

To say more than this would only cause weeping and laughter.

What good would it do to tell you?

I am an old man.

Leave me in peace.


From the life of milarepa by Tsangnyön Heruka.


You know the call.

All your books speak of it.

If I differ from you, it is only in this: When the call came, I heeded it. What the call commanded, I fulfilled.


The call said:

Go to the moor.

Live wild there.

Eat only nettles for one year.


This is what I did.

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