Richard Mabey has been called “the father of modern nature writing in the UK”. The author of more than forty books, he is a man with a passionate belief that the Earth is a commonwealth of all species. Tim Dee, a speaker at last year’s Book Festival said of him: “I cannot imagine a truer, green man”.
From the rediscovery of foraging that led to his book “Food for Free” in 1972 and his ground-breaking expeditions in the 1970s, to his reflections on the musicality of bird-song, Richard Mabey has consistently explored new ways of thinking about nature and its relationship to our own lives. And he is also very fond of our part of Gloucestershire as books like “The Frampton Flora” show.
We are thrilled to welcome Richard to Stroud Book Festival. In conversation with Professor Jon Cook to mark the publication of his ‘sort-of memoir’, “Turning the Boat for Home” he reflects on a life writing about nature, and his epiphany that a sense of ‘neighbourliness may be the model for our relationship with the rest of the living world. What better finale could we have for our Book Festival?