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Christine Gregory is a landscape painter, writer, photographer and naturalist. She lives in the Derbyshire Dales, where she has been following, studying and photographing the wildlife in her patch for several years. As a painter she specialises in landscape subjects and is principally inspired by three key locations: the Derbyshire Dales; the North West coast of Scotland; and the Sussex Weald where she was brought up.
By working directly from nature in watercolour and other media her work creates a powerful and evocative sense of the atmosphere and essence of a place. She has exhibited widely in Derbyshire and in Scotland and has written painting and drawing courses for the Open College of the Arts, the distance learning college specialising in the arts.
Over the last few years Christine has become increasingly involved in wildlife photography. She now concentrates full-time on, writing, photography and painting. Before this she worked as a teacher and radio journalist. She worked in community arts and media then taught on social and political studies access courses in adult education centres. She went on to teach radio skills and print journalism at Norton College during her 30 years in further and adult education in Sheffield. She has made community-based radio programmes for BBC Radio Sheffield and Radio 4, including features on Liverpool’s slave trade, Afro-Caribbean people living in Sheffield, and series on the miners’ strike and the steel industry among many other subjects.
Her book on hares; Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales comes out of a life-long love of the countryside and concern for the environment. The second edition is published by Vertebrate. In 2013 she was commissioned to write a book about the river Bradford. A River in Time – the Story of a Peak District River published by Grafika, is a close study of a limestone river; its ecology, wildlife and its place in social history. Her latest book published by Vertebrate in 2016 is The Water Vole – One of Britain’s most Endangered Mammals. The book explores how water voles live and how they have come to be so critically endangered in the 21st century.
To promote her books and ideas around sustainable land use and biodiversity, Christine has been presenting illustrated talks on brown hares in their landscape, the river Bradford and its wildlife and now water voles and their place in the waterways of Derbyshire. She has spoken to a wide range of audiences throughout Derbyshire and South Yorkshire including the Off the Shelf Festival in Sheffield.