Cal Flyn and Karen Lloyd

Abandonment and Abundance

Church Hall
In person event
Sun 3 Oct
14:30 UK

Join Cal Flyn and Karen Lloyd for a fascinating examination of how humans have chosen to entangle themselves in nature and our lasting impact on the natural world. Cal Flyn’s book, Islands of Abandonment, talks about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man’s lands and fortress islands – and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place, exploring the extraordinary places where humans no longer live. While Karen Lloyd explores abundance and loss in the natural world, relating compelling stories of restoration, renewal and repair. In an era of urgent ecological challenge, her timely book reveals the places that people are coming together to bring species and habitats back from the edge of extinction. Yet, elsewhere, many other species are being allowed to disappear forever. 

About the authors: Cal Flyn is an award-winning writer from the Highlands of Scotland. She writes literary non-fiction and long-form journalism. Her first book, Thicker Than Water, which explored questions of colonialism and intergenerational guilt, was a Times book of the year. Islands of Abandonment has been shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing. Karen Lloyd is an award-winning writer of non-fiction and poetry. Her book The Gathering Tide: A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay (2016) was selected by Katherine Norbury as her top read in the Observer Authors’ Books of the Year. Karen is a contributor to the Guardian, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines and the RGS amongst others.

Islands of Abandonment is available from our online bookshop HERE and The Gathering Tide is available HERE

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