28 episodes

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.

The Stubborn Light of Things Melissa Harrison

    • Nature
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

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

    Episode Twenty-eight: Outtakes

    Making a nature podcast is harder than you think... Note: Contains bad words and loud noises! Listen →

    • 3 min
    Episode Twenty-seven: Meaning

    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 →

    • 54 min
    Episode Twenty-six: Weather

    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 →

    • 33 min
    Episode Twenty-five: Healing

    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 →

    • 31 min
    Episode Twenty-four: Faltering

    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 →

    • 28 min
    Episode Twenty-three: Encounter

    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 →

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

StrRangr ,

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.

Nell vW ,

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!

CanAmerican Beth ,

Lovely companion

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.

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