Nature Writing and Other Passions

15th September: We welcome Patrick Barkham,  Guardian journalist and author of the best-seller, Badgerlands.

Born in 1975 in Norfolk and educated at Cambridge University, Patrick is a Natural History Writer. He has manned his post at The Guardian for ten years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change.

His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His second, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as “a must read for all Britain’s naturalists” and was shortliPBCoastlinessted for both the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.

Badgerlands won the best general non-fiction prize at the East Anglian Book Awards 2014. His latest book, Coastlines, was published this spring by Granta Books and explores our changing relationship with the seaside in what is the 50th anniversary of the National Trust’s Neptune campaign to save the British coast.

We look forward to Patrick’s talk: “Nature Writing and Other Passions”.

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