Melissa Harrison is an author and nature writer. Harrison's first novel, "Clay," was published in 2013. Her second novel, "At Hawthorn Time," was published in 2015. Her book of essays about rain, "Rain," was published in 2016. Her third novel, "All Among the Barley," was published in 2018. Harrison's collected columns for The Times will be published as "The Stubborn Light of Things: A Nature Diary" in 2020. Harrison has also edited four anthologies of writing about the seasons, published in 2016. She writes a monthly Nature Notebook column in The Times and reviews books for the Weekend FT, The Times, the Guardian, The Telegraph and Slightly Foxed.
Join Melissa in her cosy cottage as wind and rain lash down outside. The autumn migration is underway, and billions of birds are on the move; indoors, it’s time to light the fire. Writer and geographer Annie O’Garra Worsley joins us from the Highlands of Scotland; she’s working on a book about all the “geo bobbins” of her beloved home, due out next year. ‘A Landscape’ is by Rebecca Tamás...
Join Melissa as she cycles to an abandoned World War II airbase and explores the old runways. A sharp breeze is plucking acorns from the trees, and skylarks are feeding in the brown stubble fields. Ginny Battson joins us from Westhope Wood in North Herefordshire; she wrote about rivers for The Wildlife Trusts’ Spring and Autumn anthologies. ‘Into The Hour’ is by Elizabeth Jennings...
Join Melissa and Scout as they walk down towards the village at sunset. The shadows of oaks stretch long over the stubble fields, the evening star comes out and pheasants fuss and cluck themselves to bed. Paraic O’Donnell joins us from Co. Wexford; he’s the author of two novels: The Maker of Swans and The House on Vesper Sands. ‘Poem in which a small dog looks into the sun’ is by Jane Commane...
Join Melissa as the sun rises on a crisp, cool autumn day; there are deer and hares in the dawn fields, and robins sing wistfully from the hedgerows. Our guest this week is the writer and naturalist Stephen Moss; his new book The Swallow: A Biography is published next month by Square Peg. The poem is ‘Fox Miles’ by Helen Mort, whose novel Black Car Burning is out now.
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