We are thrilled to announce a number of new speakers who will be joining us on 29 & 30 June for Wealden Festival 2019 at Boldshaves Garden.
Isabella Tree, author of Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm, will be part of a panel debating vital questions about the relationship between people, the land and wildlife. Isabella will be joined by Mark Cocker (the celebrated naturalist and author of Our Place), Jake Fiennes (pioneering conservationist who is currently responsible for Holkham Estate in Norfolk) and other leading voices from the world of agriculture.
“Cherry” Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms is the extraordinary tale of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an Englishman from Benenden in Kent. We are delighted that the award-winning Japanese journalist, Naoko Abe, will be joining us under the cherry trees at Boldshaves for this event.
Time Song: Searching for Doggerland is the latest book crafted by the brilliant Julia Blackburn. Blackburn will be taking about her exploration of the lost place of Doggerland that once connected England to Holland and reflecting on how remembering and embracing history can change thinking about the present.
Peter Marren, one of the UK’s best-loved naturalists, will be speaking about his new book Emperors, Admirals and Chimney-Sweepers – a beautiful journey through the naming of British butterflies and moths.
Horatio Clare returns to Wealden with his wonderful meditation on the pivotal moment in the life of one of the greatest composers the world has yet seen (Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck with J S Bach). Emma Mitchell, the supremely talented author/illustrator of Making Winter and (most recently) The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us, will also be there.
As in previous years, there will also be a full programme of creative writing and art workshops as well as outdoor activities and exhibitions, tasters and displays from local makers.
More exciting speakers will be announced shortly as well as details of our children’s programme.
Tickets on sale from late April.