Blacktop Rain

…and other secret joys



Asphalt, tarmacadam, or other black material used for surfacing roads.


The condensed moisture of the atmosphere falling visibly in separate drops.

Blacktop Rain is a blog about urban nature, nature writing and the writing life.

About me


I grew up in Manchester. As a kid, I spent as much time as possible outside, riding my bike, climbing trees and kicking a ball around at the park. I collected leaves and flowers and stuck them in my nature journal and I even had a pet snail for an afternoon. At the weekend, my family would drive out to the peak district to go hiking, rock climbing andΒ picnicking.

When I wasn’t outside, I was reading or writing.

In 2010, I discovered nature writing and I haven’t looked back since. I had the amazing opportunity to spend 6 months living in Cornwall, doing an MA in Writing, Nature and Place at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus.

After the MA, I spent a year living in Nottingham before making the leap across the North Sea and settling in Amsterdam. I still try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, exploring my new home and my fellow (furry and feathered) inhabitants.Β 

Contact me

If you like what you see here and you’d like to get in touch about writing work, or you just fancy a chat, email me: naomiellenracz [at] gmail [dot] com.


15 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m really glad I stumbled across your blog, you have some beautiful photography and equally lovely poetry. I look forward to your future posts! πŸ™‚ β™₯

    • Thank you. Glad you’ve been enjoying my blog! I was excited to see from your blog that you work at the Eden Project. I lived in Cornwall for 6 months and I loved it. I never did make it to the Eden Project, but I hope I make it there one day.

      • I’ve only been working there for two months but it is such an amazing place – I hope you get to see it one day, it is definitely worth at least one visit! πŸ™‚ β™₯

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  3. As a long time writer it is very refreshing to read a young person’s writing, especially when nature is the focus. Your writing is simply beautiful. Looking forward to seeing much more!

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  5. Looking forward to reading more of your blog

  6. Hi,

    I discovered your blog while researching Baker’s The Peregrine and have really enjoyed your posts. My background is in contemporary poetry studies, but I’m becoming increasingly fascinated by the genre of nature writing (whatever that genre may be). I was wondering if you can suggest good academic studies of nature writing. Also, is your MA available to read anywhere?

  7. I was very glad to stumble across your blog, but see that you have moved to a new home (boht on the blogosphere and in the real world). It was your piece on Baker and The Peregrine that brought me to the site. Even though there won’t be any new posts on here I’ll enjoy have a look around nonetheless. Feel free to comment on anything over at .

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes I’m now blogging over at, I decided it was time to get myself a proper website! Your site looks really interesting, I’m intrigued to listen to your podcast too. There are not enough farmer perspectives in nature writing!

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