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Thursday 14th September, 2023
to Thursday 14th September, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Theatre - Kendal
4:30pm - 6:30pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 2 hours

Event Details

The Legacy of Nature Writing: Live announcement of the prestigious Nature Writing Prize Winner, following a celebratory 10th Anniversary discussion with previous winners of the James Cropper Wainwright Prize

In an exciting finale, join BBC TV Presenter Charlotte Smith, as well as TV Presenter and leading Earth Scientist Dr Anjana Khatwa in discussion with a selection of our incredibly talented shortlisted authors, reflecting on writing on the natural world, as well as the meteoric growth of the nature writing genre.

We are then delighted to welcome a selection of our illustrious and highly acclaimed previous winners and judges, including Amy Liptrot and Benedict Macdonald, to uncover the stand-out nature books from the last 10 years, the titans of the genre, ones to watch in the future, and those diversifying the genre for the better. 

Finally, Countryfile TV Presenter Charlotte Smith returns to announce our final award of the day, unveiling the 2023 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing Winner!

The talks will conclude at 6.30pm, giving you plenty of time to explore the rest of the festival, to grab a drink and some food and soak up the celebratory atmosphere alongside our incredible authors and judges! There will be book signings with all shortlisted authors, immersive exhibitions, paper making workshops, food, drink & plenty more to keep you entertained.

Late afternoon line up:

Award-winning earth scientist, presenter, and advocate for diversity in geography and conservation Dr Anjana Khatwa in discussion with previous winner Amy Liptrot, the acclaimed, award-winning Scottish journalist and author whose debut is being adapted into a major film starring Saoirse Ronan; the first Wainwright Conservation Winner Benedict Macdonald; biologist, naturalist, campaigner for land access, and prolific writer Amy-Jane Beer; Scottish writer, visual artist and lecturer Amanda Thomson whose work tackles race, identity and belonging; bestselling nature author, broadcaster, producer of the BAFTA award-winning Springwatch, Guardian columnist and Senior Lecturer Stephen Moss; Elizabeth-Jane Burnett - poet, academic and Guardian columnist whose research explores environmental issues through creative writing; Emmy-award-winning wildlife cameraman and Wainwright Winner James Aldred; Amber Harrison, co-founder of independent, nature-focused bookshop FOLDE.

Tickets just £15.00

Finally, take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to buy James Cropper Wainwright Prize Merchandise to pick up on arrival at the event:

Exclusive opportunity to buy Wainwright Prize Merchandise:

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