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20. Patrick Barkham at the Bridport Literary Festival on Wednesday 10 Nov 4.30pm


Patrick Barkham – Wild Child – Coming Home to Nature

Wednesday 10 November 4.30pm

The Bull Hotel Ballroom, 34 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LF

Tickets: £12.00

Tickets are non refundable

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Patrick Barkham – Wild Child – Coming Home to Nature

In Wild Child, part memoir, part polemic, Barkham argues for greater access to nature for all children.  He considers the lives his own children are leading : whether there was more diversity of nature in urban Norwich than in rural Norfolk.  He spends a year volunteering in his local Forest School, run by two pioneering teachers, watching children learn and play in a wilder environment. His book is an inspiration for all parents, grandparents and teachers. Barkham has also edited an Anthology of British and Irish Nature Writing – The Wild Isles  from which he will also select entrancing and irresistible stories of the Wild to delight everyone.

An illustrated talk

Born in Norfolk in 1975 Patrick Barkham was educated at Cambridge University.  As a journalist he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change.     This year he wrote an in depth interview of  David Attenborough.  He is a natural history writer for The Guardian, and is one of a generation of British authors who have revitalized British nature writing. His books include: Badgerlands, Islander, Coastlines and Wild Child and he has been shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wainwright Prize. He has also co-edited the ‘People’s Manifesto for Wildlife’ with Chris Packham and Robert Macfarlane and is currently working on a biography of naturalist Roger Deakin.  Isabella Tree, author of Wilding says: ‘Wild Child shows us how to reconnect our children with nature – if ever there was a book to fuel the ecological interest in future generations, this is it.’

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