Exploring nature writing with The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize

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Join us on Wednesday, July 25 at the Royal Geographical Society for an evening celebrating the strength of British nature writing with a selection of authors longlisted for this year’s Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize.

In conversation will be prize judge Megan Hine and longlisted authors, Raynor Winn, Neil Ansell and John Grindrod. They will be discussing nature writing – a genre that has exploded in popularity in recent years and continues to blossom.

Megan Hine is a survival consultant, celebrity expedition leader, and adventure catalyst. Her drive to travel and explore means she can often be found breaking trail through waist deep snow, swinging in her hammock in the depths of a jungle or sharing stories sat around a campfire under the desert stars.

Raynor Winn is a debut author whose book The Salt Path is an honest and deeply moving memoir about overcoming adversity, the redemptive qualities of walking and nature, about survival, the meaning of ‘home’ and above all, about love

Neil Ansell’s third book, The Last Wilderness, is a mesmerising study on nature and solitude set within the context of a series of walks that he takes into one of the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands.

John Grindrod’s second book, Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt tells the story of the vision of the green belt, the complex and divisive position in which it now resides, and the story of his experience of growing up there, on the edge of the green belt in Croydon, South London.

Now in its fifth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.

The judging panel for the 2018 prize will be chaired, for the second year running, by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Julia’s fellow judges are: TV presenter Megan Hine; Waterstones non-fiction buyer Bea Carvalho; National Trust publisher Katie Bond; Eric Robson, chairman of The Wainwright Society and ex-chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peter Waine.

Copies of all the longlisted books will be available to purchase at the event. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet with the participating authors and get their books signed at the end of the evening.

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