Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain has become a beacon of place-writing for two generations of writers. On 27 June Poet Tom Pow leads a discussion on this extraordinary work. Later in the day Pow returns for a conversation with Helen Macdonald, winner of this year’s prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize, who will discuss her book H is for Hawk.
After talks from wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell and conservationist Sir John Lister Kaye a closing panel discussion led by writer James Robertson will ask: what is the relationship between a place and its observer?
The following day Lister-Kaye and writer Mark Cocker explore Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water and its impact on nature writers more than half a century after it was first published.
On 5 July the beautiful gardens and grounds of Cambo Estate are the setting for Adams’s From A Distance, scored for “a huge number of horns” to be played among the trees of Cambo’s woodlands.
Grimaud is an adventurous artist, and an outspoken environmentalist. In 1999, she formed the nonprofit Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester County, New York.
“People tend to be afraid of things that they don’t understand,” she says. “Maybe they didn’t grow up listening to classical music, so they believe it’s not for them. The same can be said of wolves. They are vilified, and we grow up fearing them. Once you understand them, they can be respected, not feared.”
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