Archive Festival 2016

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 117  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Science & Environment

In an age where we're living so much of our lives online, how do we reconnect with the natural world? Hear from Jeanette Winterson, who lives in a wood in the rural Cotswolds and has a share in a smallholding of a rare breed of sheep called the Lions of the Wold; Australian scientist and natural heritage advocate Tim Flannery; and James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd’s Life, whose family has lived in the Lake District for over 600 years. They join ABC RN's Natasha Mitchell to chat about our complex and often contradictory relationship with nature.

Friday 20 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

James Rebanks (International)

James Rebanks runs a 600 year-old family farm in the Lake District in northern England. The Shepherd's Life is his first book. He also uses his popular Twitter feed - @herdyshepherd1 - to share updates on the shepherding year. James is a graduate of Oxford University, and also works as an expert advisor to UNESCO on sustainable tourism.

Jeanette Winterson (International)

Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester. A novelist whose honours include England’s Whitbread Prize, and the American Academy’ s E. M. Forster Award, as well as the Prix d’argent at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeanette Winterson burst onto the literary scene as a very young woman in 1985 with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Her subsequent novels, including Sexing the Cherry, The Passion, Written on the Body, and The PowerBook, have also gone on to receive great international acclaim. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is the first in the new Hogarth series, a rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, that ‘takes the play’s themes of love, jealousy and estrangement and spins them into a taut contemporary tale’. – New York Times

Tim Flannery (Australian)

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 he was Australian of the Year. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His latest book is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.

Natasha Mitchell (Australian)

Natasha Mitchell is a journalist, and presenter of flagship programs on ABC Radio National including the national daily morning show, Life Matters (2012-16), and the popular science, psychology and culture radio program, All in the Mind (2002-12). She served as a board member and vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and was co-editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2013. Her work has received accolades internationally, including the Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals, and a prestigious MIT Knight Fellowship.

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