Festival of Ideas Nature Writing Day

Please note: this season finished in March 2015
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Bristol was central to the birth of Romanticism. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed and worked in the city; the first edition of the Lyrical Ballads was published in Bristol. The Festival of Ideas programme for spring 2015 takes inspiration from the Romantics to focus on nature and the emotions, place and the environment

In the year when Bristol is European Green Capital, this special series will create a new battle of ideas about Bristol, society and the world. Today's events look at how nature has inspired writers of poetry and prose, contributed to personal healing and provided a new approach for environmental campaigns. For further events in this series, please visit

This day is supported by and part of Bristol European Green Capital 2015.

Ticket prices: £7.00 full / £6.00 concessions. Special offer: get tickets for Writers and the Natural World (11:30), What Nature Does For Britain (at 15:30) and H For Hawk (at 14:00) for £15.00 full / £13.00 concessions. Buy this special offer online.

Previous events in this Season

Tony Juniper - What Nature Does For Britain

Talk Tony Juniper: What Nature Does For Britain

Sat 7 March 2015 15:30

Ecology meets economics head on as environmental campaigner Tony Juniper evaluates the UK’s natural capital. He argues that far from being worthless or an impediment to progress, nature provides much needed support systems and the damage we are causing to them make no economic sense.

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Helen Macdonald - H is For Hawk

Talk H is for Hawk: Helen Macdonald

Sat 7 March 2015 14:00

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson prize, H is for Hawk is a visceral depiction of grief and depression following the death of Helen Macdonald’s father, and her salvation through falconry. Part memoir, part biography of TH White and an account of the year-long training of her goshawk; this is nature writing at its very best.

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Writers and the Natural World

Talk Writers and the Natural World - Paul Farley

Sat 7 March 2015 11:30

Why does nature continue to inspire and fascinate both readers and writers? John Burnside, Paul Farley, Ruth Padel and Jean Sprackland, all acclaimed writers and poets whose work draws on the natural world, discuss the enduring link between nature and the written word.

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