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. For six months – as spring 2020 broke over the British Isles, and summer turned to autumn – I documented the wonder and richness of the natural world and the changing seasons and brought the outdoors into as many locked-down homes as I could.
Episode Twenty-nine: Performance
Join Melissa, two years on from the original broadcasts, for a bonus episode recorded live at Green Man Festival in Wales. She’ll be on stage talking to Marchelle Farrell about nature writing, the Stubborn Light podcast, and her new nature app, Encounter. Listen →
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 →
Great to hear The Stubborn Light of Things again, even if only as a one off episode. Fingers crossed that there may be others in the future.
My absolute favourite podcast
This podcast has been my absolute favourite since I discovered it a few weeks ago and I don’t want it to end! I really hope Melissa does another series. It’s so calming and relaxing and I love that each time she starts off by asking ‘how are you doing?’ Just love everything about this and thoroughly recommend it.
Therapy for the soul
This podcast was originally released during the covid lockdown in the UK. I listened to it during 2020 and have listened to it every year since. It’s seen me through some tough times and inspired me to look at my local area in a new light.
Thanks Melissa and Peter for this. You should definitely do more!