Catherine Grosvenor is a part-time writer and full-time parent, based in south-west Scotland. She has created a short film exploring her shifting ideas about the countryside and the positive and negative effects it has had on her mental health.
“Many people think of the countryside as a place of peace and refuge. But it can also be isolating, harsh and unforgiving. When I moved here a few years ago, I became badly depressed. But as well as the isolation, the nature here has its own kind of gatherings to offer - of rooks, of trees, of spring flowers. I’ve come to find comfort in these things. The countryside also gives me space to gather myself - my thoughts, my courage, my strength - as I try and find the right balance of solitude and company for myself. I hope my piece will be gentle, kind and encouraging for others who may be going through difficult times.”