Patrick Barkham




The Butterfly Isles


Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a Natural History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change.

His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His most recent book, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as "a most read for all Britain's naturalists" and was shortlisted for both the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing.

His next book, Coastlines, will be published by Granta Books in April 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust's campaign to save the British coast.


13/10/2015, 7pm

Coastlines: Patrick Barkham at Mr B's Emporium

Forget Hawaii, Thailand, Spain even, there's no need to travel the world in search of a pretty beach when the British Isles is blessed with an impressive 10,800 miles of stunning shoreline. In "Coastlines", natural historian and journalist Patrick Barkham explores and celebrates The Neptune Coast: 742 miles of the most beautiful shorelines of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all owned by The National Trust. With Patrick's poetic informative prose as our guide, we are lead on a series of engaging thematic walks which introduce these distinctive shore-side landscapes; from the chalky cliff-tops of Dover to Dunwich's rugged heaths, from tree-lined coast paths of The Carrick Roads to Whiteford Burrows' sandy dunes. Join us and the author of "The Butterfly Isles" and "Badgerlands" for a night beside the sea (from the comfort of the bibliotherapy room) as we discover the rocks, plants and animals; the views, pathways and history; and the people who have made their lives within the sound of the waves along Britain's dramatic coastline. No bucket and spade required, seaside snacks will be provided!
Mr B's Emporium, 14/15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL

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