Event 29

Thursday 9th November 2023 3.30 pm

Event 29 | Patrick Barkham | The Swimmer


Patrick Barkham – The Swimmer – The Wild Life of Roger Deakin

Roger Deakin is best known for his modern classic of nature writing, Waterlog, which frog-kicked the wild swimming movement into existence with wit, politics and poetry. He was not simply a dazzling writer and eccentric Englishman, he took his counterculture to the countryside. Turning to self-sufficiency, teaching and environmentalism, he also became a music impresario, made films and radio programmes and had an eclectic circle of friends. Barkham conjures Deakin’s voice back to a glorious life spent as an adventurer, a romantic and rebel.

an illustrated talk

When: Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 3.30 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is the prize-winning author of five books, including The Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands and Wild Child. He is the Guardian’s natural history writer, an environmental campaigner and has edited a forthcoming collection of British nature writing.  Patrick has been interviewed on Radio 4 and Radio 2 and has written for a wide range of outlets, as well as co-editing the ‘People’s Manifesto for Wildlife’ with Chris Packham and Robert Macfarlane. Like Roger Deakin, he lives in East Anglia, with his wife and three children.

James Crowden was raised on the western edge of Dartmoor and now lives in Somerset. After a stint in the army he studied both Civil Engineering and Ethnology. He has written a number of books based on his experiences of living in Dorset as an agricultural labourer and cider maker.



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