A Season of Nature Writing with Hungerford Bookshop

Hungerford Bookshop is celebrating spring with a new season of Nature Writing author talks between Thursday 6 April and Thursday 18 May.

The One Show’s Mike Dilger will be at The Retreat, Elcot Park talking about his new book One Thousand Shades of Green over supper on Thursday 6 April. It chronicles his quest to see a thousand different wild plants in one calendar year. Expect an entertaining evening as he shares his enthusiasm for the diversity and beauty of our nation’s flora. He’s not alone, as botanist Leif Bersweden also decided to travel round Britain & Ireland, but on a bike. His journey takes him from the Cornish coast to the pine forests of Scotland – even to the streets of London, proving that nature can be found in the most unexpected places. He’ll be talking about his journey, and signing copies of Where the Wildflowers Grow, at a talk at the Hub/Library on Wednesday 26 April.

Over four seasons, travel writer Gail Simmons walks the Old Way to rediscover what a long journey on foot offers us today. Winding 240 miles between the chalk hills and shifting seascapes of the south coast, Gail ventures deep into our past, exploring this lost path and telling a story of kings and knights, peasants and pilgrims, of ancient folklore and modern politics. Hear Gail talk to Nicola Chester about her book Between the Chalk and the Sea on Wednesday 12 April at Hungerford Town Hall.

Gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts will want to listen to Annabel Christie talk to Susannah Simons about her book The Guilty Gardener on Tuesday 2 May at the Hub/Library. Wracked by guilt for breaking a childhood bond with her naturalist father and fearful for the future of the planet in light of the catastrophic impact of climate change, Annabel seeks to reconnect with nature and wildlife in the one place she knows she can make a real difference – her own, barren, neglected garden.

Award-winning nature writer, and Guardian Country Diarist, Nicola Chester rounds-off the season with a talk over supper back at The Retreat on Thursday 18 May.  On Gallows Down is a political, powerful and personal memoir about the importance of protest, and how her life has been shaped by the land – our own North Wessex Downs.

For tickets and more information visit www.hungerfordbookshop.co.uk (for events at The Retreat please call 01635 800520).



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