Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist announced a brave new voice in nature writing and made him the youngest winner of a major literary prize, The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing in 2020. As well as composing prose on his deep connections to wild spaces, Dara campaigns on environmental issues, calling on politicians to take the urgent action needed to avert disaster. He has become a prominent member of the generation of activists operating on a global stage, commanding huge social media followings and taking governments to task.

This event, chaired by environmental journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle, explores the youth activism at the heart of the campaign against climate catastrophe. Lucy and Dara will discuss the passions that inspire his writing, reflect on the achievements of recent campaigns and ask what remains to be done and why young people may be the catalyst that our world needs.

This event is presented in partnership with The British Library.

Part of the British Library’s springtime season on environment: The Natural Word

Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, writer and environmental campaigner. He is the youngest ever winner of the RSPB Medal and won the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing in 2020 with his Diary of a Young Naturalist. He has worked with Chris Packham, the RSPB, National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute, as well as making films and radio programmes for the BBC. He lives in Northern Ireland with his family.

Lucy Siegle is a climate and environmental journalist and broadcaster. She has written a weekly ethical living column for the Observer and is known as the ‘green’ reporter for The One Show. Lucy was an executive producer on the Netflix documentary The True Cost, about the fashion industry and sustainability. She is the co-host of the podcast series So Hot Right Now, featuring legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, among others.

Buy a copy of Diary of a Young Naturalist in paperback when you book and get your event ticket for free (offer valid for UK postal addresses only).

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This is an online event hosted by Unique Media. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist

  • WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2020
    WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARD FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2020
    WINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS FOR NON-FICTION 2020


    'Really, really special' CHRIS PACKHAM
    'An extraordinary voice and vision' ROBERT MACFARLANE

    Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of Dara McAnulty's world, from spring to summer, autumn to winter, on his home patch, at school, in the wild and in his head.

    Evocative, raw and beautifully written, this startling and special book vividly explores the natural world from the perspective of an autistic teenager coping with the uprooting of home, school, and his mental health, while pursuing his life as a conservationist and environmental activist.

    In a work of power and hope, Dara recalls his sensory encounters in the wild - with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, Irish hares and more - while drawing a moving portrait of a young activist dealing with change, and a family making their way in the world.

    'One of the most talented and passionate writers of our era' STEVE SILBERMAN

    SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020

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