Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist announced a brave new voice in nature writing and made him the youngest winner of a major literary prize, The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing in 2020. As well as composing prose on his deep connections to wild spaces, Dara campaigns on environmental issues, calling on politicians to take the urgent action needed to avert disaster. He has become a prominent member of the generation of activists operating on a global stage, commanding huge social media followings and taking governments to task.

This event, chaired by environmental journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle, explores the youth activism at the heart of the campaign against climate catastrophe. Lucy and Dara will discuss the passions that inspire his writing, reflect on the achievements of recent campaigns and ask what remains to be done and why young people may be the catalyst that our world needs.

This event is presented in partnership with The British Library.

Part of the British Library’s springtime season on environment: The Natural Word

Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, writer and environmental campaigner. He is the youngest ever winner of the RSPB Medal and won the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing in 2020 with his Diary of a Young Naturalist. He has worked with Chris Packham, the RSPB, National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute, as well as making films and radio programmes for the BBC. He lives in Northern Ireland with his family.

Lucy Siegle is a climate and environmental journalist and broadcaster. She has written a weekly ethical living column for the Observer and is known as the ‘green’ reporter for The One Show. Lucy was an executive producer on the Netflix documentary The True Cost, about the fashion industry and sustainability. She is the co-host of the podcast series So Hot Right Now, featuring legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, among others.

Buy a copy of Diary of a Young Naturalist in paperback when you book and get your event ticket for free (offer valid for UK postal addresses only).

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This is an online event hosted by Unique Media. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist

  • WINNER OF BOOK OF THE YEAR, NARRATIVE NON-FICTION BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2021

    Rediscover the natural world with the multi-award winning phenomenon and youngest ever major literary prize winner in UK history.

    'Miraculous memoir . . . profoundly moving' Observer

    'Dara is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical' Robert Macfarlane

    'It's a diary but essentially timeless . . . It's really, really special' Chris Packham

    ALSO WINNER OF: THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2020, AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARD FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2020, BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS FOR NON-FICTION 2020; SHORTLISTED FOR: WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 & LONGLISTED FOR: THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020
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    'This diary chronicles the turning of my world, from spring to winter, at home, in the wild, in my head.'

    Evocative, raw and lyrical, this startling debut explores the natural world through the eyes of Dara McAnulty, an autistic teenager coping with the uprooting of home, school, and his mental health, while pursuing his life as a conservationist and environmental activist.

    Shifting from intense darkness to light, recalling his sensory encounters in the wild - with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, Irish hares and more - McAnulty reveals worlds we have neglected to see, in a stunning world of nature writing that is a future classic.

    Diary of a Young Naturalist is a powerful and scintillating portrayal of the beauty of the natural world, as it shines a light on autism and of overcoming severe anxiety. It is a story of the binding love of family and home, and how we can help each other through the most difficult of times.
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    BIG ISSUE BOOK OF THE YEAR
    HAY FESTIVAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A TIMES NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

    'An extraordinary diary' The Times

    'A torrent of pure, unmediated fervour . . . This is writing at its wild and unruly best' Dr Rachel Clarke

    'Diary of a Young Naturalist is not only one of the finest pieces of modern nature writing produced on this island in recent years, McAnulty is one of our best young writers in any genre' Irish Independent

    'An exceptional new voice. Dara McAnulty celebrates nature in such a fresh way and illuminates
    our understanding of autism' Martha Kearney, chair of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

    'One of the most talented and passionate writers of our era' Steve Silberman, award-winning author of NeuroTribes
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