Natural history writer and Guardian columnist Patrick Barkham
will be live in conversation with NWT's Nick Acheson. They will be discussing the publication of Patrick's latest book Wild Child, which explores the raising of children who are more detached from nature than any human generation that has ever lived.
This event is free, but any donations to NWT's Children and Nature Fund
will be hugely appreciated.
The event will take place over Zoom - follow the invitation link on the right.
Wild Child: Coming Home to Nature
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2020 for UK Nature Writing
From climbing trees and making dens, to building sandcastles and pond-dipping, many of the activities we associate with a happy childhood take place outdoors. And yet, the reality for many contemporary children is very different. The studies tell us that we are raising a generation who are so alienated from nature that they can't identify the commonest birds or plants, they don't know where their food comes from, they are shuttled between home, school and the shops and spend very little time in green spaces - let alone roaming free.
In this timely and personal book, celebrated nature writer Patrick Barkham draws on his own experience as a parent and a forest school volunteer to explore the relationship between children and nature. Unfolding over the course of a year of snowsuits, muddy wellies, and sunhats, Wild Child is both an intimate story of children finding their place in natural world, and a celebration of the delight we can all find in even modest patches of green.
WILD Sounds & Books will donate 10% of all sales of Wild Child to Patrick's charity of choice, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, for ALL copies sold.