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Start of the New Term

15th September saw a well attended first gathering of our 2015 – 2016 programme. In fact it was a whole evening of firsts.

Phyllida Scrivens gave her first opening speech as our new Chair’. Sean Hindle as head of the subcommitttee responsible for the first Olga Sinclair Open Fiction Competition was happy to announce its success. We had a couple of visitors who’d not been before. And Patrick Barkham debuted as guest speaker.PatrickB

For an hour and a half, aided by slides and occassional leafings through his books, he shared with us his passions for butterflies, landscape and the eccentics he’s met along the woodland pathways, up mountainsides and along the coast and out away from the mainland and beyond.

Everyone was thoroughly entertained and inspired to sample and maybe attempt the growing genre that is Nature Writing. What better start than to buy a book or two autographed by Patrick at the end?

Not forgetting the traditional raffle draw, it was pleasing to see the wine go to one of the afore mentioned visitors. It all bodes well for the rest of the season.

Thank you Patrick.

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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”.