The Puma Years will be publishing with Amazon in Winter 2021. It is a funny, poignant and utterly compelling memoir of Laura’s time in the Bolivian Amazon working at an animal rescue shelter.
In her early 20’s Laura quit her job to go backpacking in Bolivia for 3 months. Chance sent her to a sanctuary for wild animals on the edge of the Amazon where she was assigned to work with a complex and beautiful Puma called Wayra.
Comically terrified, and with absolutely no experience with animals or nature, she found herself slowly but surely falling for this big cat in the jungle on the other side of the world. A cat that was going to teach her about life and the person she is capable of being, and to whom she has dedicated the rest of her life.
As well as working in Bolivia, Laura is the founder of a charity-run arts space in Brighton called ONCA, exploring environmental and social change through the arts. The patrons include writers Robert Macfarlane and Ali Smith, and Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party. She has had articles published in several magazines as well as a short story alongside Alexandra Harris and Robert Macfarlane. She speaks widely at schools and festivals across the country.