Wild Child

Patrick Barkham

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Celebrated nature writer and Guardian columnist 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, his book Wild Child: Coming Home to Nature is both an intimate story of children finding their place in the natural world, and a celebration of the delight we can all find in even modest patches of green.

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Duration: 1 hour

About Patrick Barkham

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals, Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain’s Most Enigmatic Animal, Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore and Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and three children.


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24 May

01:30 pm


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