I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. As spring breaks over the British Isles, and summer settles in, I’ll be documenting the wonder and richness of the natural world and bringing it into as many homes as I can.
Episode Twenty-eight: Outtakes
Making a nature podcast is harder than you think... Note: Contains bad words and loud noises! Listen →
Episode Twenty-seven: Meaning
Join Melissa for the last time on a longer walk than usual, taking in some familiar landmarks from earlier in the series. It’s a damp and misty autumn afternoon and the air smells of wet leaves and woodsmoke. Listen →
Episode Twenty-six: Weather
Join Melissa in her cosy cottage as wind and rain lash down outside. The autumn migration is underway, and billions of birds are on the move; indoors, it’s time to light the fire. Listen →
Episode Twenty-five: Healing
Join Melissa as she cycles to an abandoned World War II airbase and explores the old runways. A sharp breeze is plucking acorns from the trees, and skylarks are feeding in the brown stubble fields. Listen →
Episode Twenty-four: Faltering
Join Melissa and Scout as they walk down towards the village at sunset. The shadows of oaks stretch long over the stubble fields, the evening star comes out and pheasants fuss and cluck themselves to bed. Listen →
Episode Twenty-three: Encounter
Join Melissa as the sun rises on a crisp, cool autumn day; there are deer and hares in the dawn fields, and robins sing wistfully from the hedgerows. Listen →
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And now to find the book
This podcast got me through my worst moments during the pandemic. I would set out on a walk, listen and imagine I was walking with Melissa. Highly Recommend it.
Recommendation from British Columbia Canada
I stumbled on “the Stubborn Light of Things” late one sleepless night when the CBC plays programs from the BBC and I heard an interview with Melissa Harrison. I was intrigued when she spoke of her podcast and decided to look her up. I now look forward to our weekly audio walks in the Suffolk countryside and enjoy them immensely. Even though I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada where we have our own natural wonders to explore, Melissa’s narrative, experiences and approach to the smallest details of the natural world resonate deeply with me. I especially enjoy the weekly visitors with their readings and the diary excerpts from the 1700’s. This podcast is a weekly treasure that I wouldn’t miss!
It’s so nice to spend time with Melissa Harrison and her friends, out in the world. After I listen, I find myself, on my own walks outdoors, looking with renewed attention. I’m looking forward to future episodes.