Culture with Robert Bound

How do you write about nature?

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16 May 2016

Episode 240

30 minutes


Photo: James Rajotte

As city populations rise there seems to be a new generation of writers turning to the natural world, a trend that might have been spearheaded by Helen Macdonald’s 2014 memoir ‘H is for Hawk’. We discuss this wave of green-minded penmanship with Lucy Jones, author of ‘Foxes Unearthed’; John Mitchinson, founder of Unbound publishers; and bookseller Susie Nicklin.

16 May 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Why is everyone writing about nature?

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Robert Bound discusses the new wave of nature writers with Lucy Jones, author of ‘Foxes Unearthed’; John Mitchinson, founder of Unbound publishers; and bookseller Susie Nicklin.

8 minutes

Chapter 2

14 minutes

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Chapter 2

Melissa Harrison: A walk in the rain

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Melissa Harrison is the author of a new book published by Faber and Faber called ‘Rain: Four Walks in English Weather’. We meet her on a damp Tooting Common in southwest London with her dog Scout and hear about her relationship with nature and why it is so important that writers are beginning to turn to the natural world again in their writing.

14 minutes

Chapter 3

2 minutes

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Chapter 3

The sound of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin

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Musician and author Ann McCutchan listened to the concert of marsh wildlife in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin with her guide, sound documentarian, musician and naturalist Earl Robicheaux. She tells our reporter Lyndsay Knecht about her experiences of documenting the area with Robicheaux in her book ‘River Music’.

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