Mary Woodbury

Mary Woodbury
is a ClimateCultures Author

A fiction writer, researcher and curator of websites exploring ecology in fiction and providing ecoliterature resources for writers.

Mary Woodbury runs, a site that explores ecology in fiction, including works about climate change.

She writes fiction under pen name Clara Hume. Her novel Back to the Garden has been discussed in Dissent Magazine, Ethnobiology for the Future: Linking Cultural and Ecological Diversity (University of Arizona Press), and Uncertainty and the Philosophy of Climate Change (Routledge). Mary is currently revising the previous stand-alone novel to act as introduction to the Wild Mountain series. Edition 2 was published in late 2018, and following that is the second part of the duology (Dragonfly Publishing, 2021), The Stolen Child. She is also editing a new novel, Up the River (Dragonfly Publishing, 2020), about an oil spill in a small community in the southern United States.

Mary is also a guest author at and Artists & Climate Change as well as a contributing author to Tales from the River (Stormbird Press, 2018).

Mary lives in the lower mainland of British Columbia and enjoys hiking, trail-running, writing, red wine, gardening, and dreaming of going back to Ireland.

Mary is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared an excerpt from her new story, Bird Song: A Novella, on Day 5 of the 40-day series.

Mary’s ClimateCultures Posts:

Rising Appalachia: Leah and Chloe Smith

Rising Appalachia

Writer Mary Woodbury finds deep resonance in the music of Rising Appalachia, who draw on the rural landscapes of her family, and whose musical fusion offers ideas of resilience and community in the face of change and loss. Read More
A History of Eco-fiction, Part 2

A History of Eco-fiction, Part 2

Author Mary Woodbury, who outlined some of the common ground that helps 'define' eco-fiction in Part 1, looks at how this super-genre has grown and diversified in recent years. Her story returns to a family trip to Ireland. Read More
A History of Eco-fiction, Part 1

A History of Eco-fiction, Part 1

Author Mary Woodbury opens a two-part series on the development of eco-fiction: a form with many roots, which is "not so much a genre as a way to intersect natural landscape, environmental issues, and wilderness into other genres." Read More