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Wells Festival of Literature

Sunday, 12 October

In the midst of the Wells Festival of Literature 2014, Somerset Wildlife Trust is hosting a morning of talks and debate from leading environmental writers on Sunday 12 October in The Bishop’s Palace.

Tony Juniper (What has Nature Ever Done for Us?), Patrick Barkham (Badgerlands), Melissa Harrison (Clay) and Trust President Stephen Moss (Tweet of the Day) will come together to consider wildlife from a variety of perspectives, and to discuss their latest books.

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Stephen Moss, President of Somerset Wildlife Trust, is a naturalist, journalist and broadcaster, instigator of Springwatch and Tweet of the Day. He will talk about why nature is good for us, referring to his recent books, Tweet of the Day, co-written with Brett Westwood, and Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: the Natural History of an English Village.   Patrick Barkham addresses the issues surrounding the recent cull in
Badgerlands. He meets scientists, farmers and badger lovers and puts their conflicting interests into a more general perspective.
Melissa Harrison's debut novel, Clay, focuses on a small London park and its frequenters, drawn together by the natural life within it - an eco-system “thrumming away beneath the grime of city life” (Guardian). Tony Juniper, campaigner, sustainability adviser and environmentalist, argues that nature is not an impediment to economic success but an essential prerequisite for it, in his book What has Nature Ever Done for Us?


Debate: Birds, Badgers, Buildings and Biodiversity: how should we shape Somerset's living landscape?

After the talks there will be an opportunity to get your book signed and a short break, before the authors are joined by Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts, who will chair a debate titled Birds, Badgers, Buildings and Biodiversity: how should we shape Somerset's living landscape? Here the authors will get to grips with the big conservation issues facing us today, with an emphasis on those relevant to living and working in Somerset.

The Festival runs from October 10 to 18

Emma Craigie, Chair of the Wells Festival of Literature, said: “We are thrilled to be organising such an interesting debate with the Somerset Wildlife Trust.” The Festival runs from October 10 to 18, and aims to promote books and the love of reading in the local community, particularly in schools. Alongside an extensive programme of literary events there will also be competitions for short stories, crime novels and poetry.

Book your tickets

The morning talks and book signing will take place on Sunday 12 October from 10am to 12pm in The Bishop’s Palace (tickets £10), with the debate taking place in the same location from 12.30pm to 1.30pm (tickets £5). Tickets can be purchased at or from the Wells Museum. Book now to avoid disappointment!

The Wells Food Festival

The Wells Food Festival also falls on Sunday 12, so while you’re there why not sample some of the hedgerow jams and jellies made by Trust members at the traditional afternoon cream tea? Click here to find out more.

There will also be a delicious range of options for lunch at the festival - click here for details or download the PDF.

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