Melissa Harrison

Episode Twenty-three: Encounter

Join Melissa as the sun rises on a crisp, cool autumn day; there are deer and hares in the dawn fields, and robins sing wistfully from the hedgerows. Our guest this week is the writer and naturalist Stephen Moss; his new book The Swallow: A Biography is published next month by Square Peg. The poem is ‘Fox Miles’ by Helen Mort, whose novel Black Car Burning is out now. Please support indie retailers and order from them online. All the music from the podcast is now available to buy.

The Stubborn Light of Things
Series One
Episode Twenty-three: Encounter



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