Media Releases - 20 September 2023

Wilderness Society Releases Wilderness Journal—Stories of nature and people. Volume two.

The Wilderness Society is proud to announce the release of Volume two of Wilderness Journal: Stories of nature and people. This new book builds upon the great strengths of the first, which sold out over two print runs last year and firmly established itself as a nature book classic.

The book features a selection of all new material from the exceptional Wilderness Journal, a celebration of nature, science, culture and art. Through rivers, deserts and rainforests, readers will find stories and pictures of whales, koalas and giant dragonflies. There's the record-breaking run from the top of the continent to the bottom, the search for the elusive night parrot, moments from the campaign to save the Franklin, the hunt for mythic chanterelle mushrooms, and more besides.

To celebrate the release of Volume Two of Wilderness Journal: Stories of nature and people, an exhibition is currently being held at the Kinokuniya’s Wedge Gallery in Sydney until 29 September 2023. The exhibition features extracts from the book and some of the incredible photography used throughout.

Contributors include some of our finest writers, photographers, poets, artists and scientists including: Andrew Cowen, Sophie Cunningham, Leila Jeffreys, Gerry Wedd, Bunna Lawrie, Matthew Stanton, David Moore, Ingvar Kenne, Michaela Skovranova, Robert Adamson, Claire Potter, Emma Balfour, Jason Holley and Paul McNeil.

Wilderness Journal Volume two. A coming together for nature. This book is evidence of the generosity of artists, poets, writers, photographers, printmakers, mapmakers, scientists, rangers, designers, musicians… Opening with photographs of the deepest green rainforest and travelling across the land and waters to a suite of pictures of dreamy heartbreakingly beautiful Antarctica. You’ll find the elements: fire, earth, air, water… Whale song, red-tailed cockatoos, giant dragonflies, chanterelles, dinosaurs, cool burning, ancient botany, night parrots, poets and potters, painters and flower power… It’s a call, in the form of a book, to fiercely protect the intricate and beautiful ecology of this planet.”

Rachel Knepfer

(Rachel is an editor, curator and producer, and the creative force behind Wilderness Journal.)

Wilderness Journal: Stories of people and nature, Volume two continues our decades-long tradition of bringing compelling photography, art and storytelling about nature to print. If we don’t champion nature through science, art and storytelling – we will lose it. As Bunna Lawrie, Mirning Senior Whale Songman says on p. 74, sharing stories “brings pride, it brings joy... it brings inspiration. We have to pass our stories down... the younger kids need that understanding. We thank all those who contributed such outstanding work.”

Matt Brennan, Wilderness Society CEO

Wilderness Society is again working with the award-winning friends of Wilderness Society: designer Stuart Geddes and photography editor Rachel Knepfer. Last year's Wilderness Journal won a Distinction in the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Awards. The book has been made with the lightest possible footprint.

Wilderness Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation powered by our community of volunteers, donors, supporters and staff across the continent. In purchasing the Journal you are supporting the life that supports us all. Book sales directly support the work of the Wilderness Society and nature.

Wilderness Journal: Stories of Nature and People, Volume two is available for purchase at the exhibition running until 30 September, or online through Wilderness Society’s shop:

September 2023; 100% recycled paper and card, section-sewn. 192pp; 240 (H) x 165 (W); AU$39.99; ISBN: 978-0-646-88335-9.
More information call 1800 030 641