Melissa Harrison

A masterful evocation of the rhythms of the natural world and pastoral life set amid a Suffolk farming community between the wars, Melissa Harrison discusses her new novel with writer and journalist Alex Preston.

An acclaimed nature writer as well as fiction writer, Melissa Harrison expertly weaves together folklore, the dangers of nostalgia, the shadow of the Great War and the looming threat of fascism with lyrical descriptions of the landscape and the rhythms of the natural world. Her previous novels are Clay and At Hawthorn Time, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize. Her non-fiction work, Rain, was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She is a nature writer, critic and columnist for The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian, among others. She divides her time between London and Suffolk.

Sunday 24 February, Assembly Rooms, 2–3pm. £5