Melissa Harrison

Episode Fifteen: Names

Join Melissa on a shingly Suffolk beach studded with sea kale, horned poppies and spiny blue eryngium. This week’s guest is Lev Parikian, whose book Into the Tangled Bank: In Which Our Author Ventures Outdoors to Consider the British in Nature has just been published. ‘For a Journey’, by Alan Brownjohn, is read by Radio 4’s Tom Sutcliffe. Please support indie retailers and order books from them online.

The Stubborn Light of Things
Series One
Episode Fifteen: Names



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