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An evening with Richard Mabey – The Book Hive, Norwich

October 17, 2019 - 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm


Join us for a very special evening in this year’s calendar of events at The Book Hive.

Richard Mabey is unquestionably the father of modern British nature writing – indeed one of the best writers working today across any genre. For the best part of fifty years he has committed to paper the experience of a life lived with a greater awareness of being part of something bigger, a cog in the connected web of phenomena that make up our world.

His new book, Turning The Boat For Home, is a gathering of some of his favourite pieces from his career so far, each introduced by him, making this a personal and important collection for both the author and reader.

At the heart is a passionate belief that Earth is a commonwealth, of all species. Plants, the organisms that underpin all life, have been a source of constant fascination. In his encyclopaedic Flora Britannica, Mabey explored not only how deeply they are embedded in our popular culture, but also their lives as autonomous beings with their own agendas, as experienced in his own ‘serendipitous’ garden ‘in which wild organisms improvise their own landscapes’.

From a different viewpoint on the Norfolk Broads, Mabey ponders the migration of geese and the home-loving whirligig beetles. His epiphany is that a sense of “neighbourliness” may be the best model for our relationship with the rest of the living world.

His work displays a constant commitment to writing and to language, which he posits may be ‘our greatest ecological gift’. This book is a celebration in which Mabey suggests that ‘the answer to the still present threat of a silent spring is for us to sing against the storm.’

Richard will be in conversation with fellow nature writer Patrick Barkham.

Doors 6.15pm for a 7.00pm start
Tickets £7. Book online or call 01603 219268.
There are no physical tickets; your name(s) will be added to a guest list.
Please note: this is one of two events with Richard Mabey – the other will be hosted at Aylsham Town Hall in North Norfolk, on Thursday 10th October 2019 (when Richard will be in conversation with Henry Layte, owner of the Book Hive). To book tickets for the Aylsham event, please click here.


October 17, 2019
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm


The Book Hive
01603 219268


The Book Hive (Norwich)
53 London Street
Norwich, NR2 1HL United Kingdom
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