Melissa Harrison

Episode Sixteen: Identity

Join Melissa and her dog Scout on a muggy walk among mudflats, creeks and saltmarsh where Phragmites reeds and sea lavender grow. Richard Carter brings us the sound of bats from West Yorkshire; he’s currently working on his second book, which explores the world through Darwin’s eyes. This week’s poem is ‘The Ideal’, by James Fenton. Please support indie retailers and order from them online.

The Stubborn Light of Things
Series One
Episode Sixteen: Identity



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