Patrick Barkham takes us on a journey around some of Britain’s most intriguing small islands, meeting their wild residents – from puffins to Orkney voles to eagles.
Small islands can be ecological laboratories, warning signals and sanctuaries. What do small islands tell us about our relationship with the natural world?
Patrick is the award-winning author of Islander – A Journey Around Our Archipelago, The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands, and The Guardian’s natural history writer.
Critics have called his latest book Islander, ‘charming and attractive’, ‘a complete delight’ and ‘vibrant and full of fascinating detail’. The Financial Times said: ‘It’s rare to read a book as good-spirited as this, where the narrative voice is so eager, inquisitive but non-judgemental, the worldview so benevolent and open-hearted.’ Patrick lives with his family near the Norfolk Broads. His favourite island is Scolt Head Island in north Norfolk!
Programmed in conjunction with Norfolk Festival of Nature. The Norfolk Festival of Nature is a partnership that uniquely brings together many organisations that work across Norfolk for the benefit of wildlife and nature, including: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, Norfolk Museums’ Service, the University of East Anglia, Wild Days Conservation, the Broads Authority, The National Centre for Writing, and many others.
Image: credit Marcus Garrett
Saturday 20 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium