Jonathan Prior & Samantha Walton

Jonathan Prior is a lecturer in human geography in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. His research interests span environmental and landscape policy, and sonic geography.

Samantha Walton is a lecturer in English Literature: Writing and Environment, at Bath Spa University. She is a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award holder for the project Landscaping Change, and in 2016 was an Environmental Humanities Research Fellow at  the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.

Presented here is the outcome of a collaboration between a human geographer and sound recordist, Jonathan Prior, and an English literature scholar and poet, Samantha Walton, that takes the form of an ecopoetic sound piece created in response to the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. The piece combines an open-form ecopoem written both in situ and in response to specific sites and their entangled human and natural histories, with audio recordings produced while walking the route at various points between January and March 2016. In the collaboration, we have attempted to foreground both the sonic qualities of the human voice and those of the place itself.


Jonathan Prior and Samantha Walton’s work is published online:

Prior, J. and Walton, S. (2017), “The Bristol and Bath Railway Path: An Ecopoetic Sound Collaboration”, GeoHumanities, Taylor & Francis, available at:

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