Jini Reddy


County Buildings
In person event
Sat 25 Sep
12:00 UK

Shortlisted for the 2021 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award
Shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing 

A London journalist with multicultural roots and a perennial outsider, Jini Reddy determinedly set off on an unorthodox path, to delve into the 'wanderlands' of Britain in search of the magical in the landscape. Serendipity and her inner compass guide her around the country in pursuit of the Other and a connection to Britain's captivating natural world. Whether following a 'cult' map to a hidden well that refuses to reveal itself, attempting to persuade a labyrinth to spill its secrets, embarking on a coast-to-coast pilgrimage or searching for a mystical land temple, Jini depicts a whimsical, natural Britain. Throughout, she rejoices in the wildness we cannot see and celebrates the natural beauty we can, while offering glimpses of her Canadian childhood and her Indian parents' struggles in apartheid-era South Africa. Wanderland is a book in which the heart leads, all things are possible and the Other, both wild and human, comes in from the cold. It is a paean to the joy of roaming, both figuratively and imaginatively, and to the joy of finding your place in the world. 

About the author: Jini is a writer and journalist. Her byline has appeared variously in The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday and Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times and many other publications. Her first book Wild Times, won the book prize at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards in 2017. She has contributed to anthologies, including the recently published Women on Nature, and her texts and poems have been displayed in exhibitions at London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In 2019 she was named a National Geographic Woman of Impact. In her work, she increasingly occupies a cross-cultural, cross-genre space, where travel, spirituality, nature and culture meet. 

Twitter: @Jini_Reddy
Insta: @jinireddy20


The book Wanderland is available HERE

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