Diary Of A Young Naturalist – Dara Mcanulty
In Association with Stroud High School
“I was diagnosed with autism aged five….By the age of seven I knew I was very different…Nature became so much more than an escape, it became a life support system”. At 16, Dara McAnulty from Northern Ireland is already a star of the conservation movement, with Chris Packham and Robert Macfarlane among his admirers. Creator of a blog entitled “Naturalist Dara”, in 2019 he became a Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute, as well as the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB medal.
His first book “Diary of a Young Naturalist” is astonishingly assured for one so young. Charting a year in his life from spring to winter, it beautifully and candidly conveys his intense connection to the natural world, from the perspective of a teenager juggling exams, family and friendship alongside his campaigning. He smashes stereotypes about autism, alongside gorgeous observations of everything from dandelions and wagtails to goshawks and horseflies.
Dara is undoubtedly set for great things. Don’t miss this chance to hear him in conversation, with Stroud Book Festival’s Artistic Director, Caroline Sanderson