Join Melissa as she listens for nightjars after dark. On Suffolk’s Sandlings the gorse smells of coconuts, while silver birches glimmer in the dusk. We’re joined from London by poet and zinemaker Nina Mingya Powles; her poetry collection, Magnolia木蘭, is about to come out. ‘Adlestrop’, by Edward Thomas, is read by Martin Thurley. Please support indie retailers and order from them online.
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I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. As spring breaks over the British Isles, and summer settles in, I’ll be documenting the wonder and richness of the natural world and bringing it into as many homes as I can.
There’ll be guest spots from other nature lovers, extracts from my monthly Nature Notebook columns in The Times, and snippets from the diaries of Gilbert White, England’s most famous naturalist. Listen each week to stay in touch with the outside world, the weather, and the changing seasons.
NB: I live, walk and work alone; remote audio production and editing is by Peter Rogers. All social distancing regulations are being followed, and government advice will be adhered to.
The Stubborn Light of Things is written, narrated and recorded by Melissa Harrison
Audio production and editing, music, and additional performances by Peter Rogers
With thanks to: Faber & Faber, Jonas Gustafsson (strathmorepublishing.co.uk/impeka.org)