Melissa Harrison

Episode Twenty-seven: Meaning

Join Melissa for the last time on a longer walk than usual, taking in some familiar landmarks from earlier in the series. It’s a damp and misty autumn afternoon and the air smells of wet leaves and woodsmoke. Writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare is walking along Hardcastle Crags in West Yorkshire; his beautiful book The Light In The Dark: A Winter Journal is out now. ‘Try To Praise The Mutilated World’ is by Adam Zagajewski, from Without End: New and Selected Poems (translation © 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux). It’s read by the actor Richard Kiess. 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-seven: Meaning



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