Event 20 | Patrick Barkham | Wild Child


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

When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom


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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