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
    • 4.9 • 328 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 →

    • 33 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

4.9 out of 5
328 Ratings

328 Ratings

pja42 ,

Simply captivating!

Melissa's natural, unaffected delivery coupled with her producer's mastery of the audio production perfectly captures a sense of watching over her shoulder
observing wildlife, weather and nature around her village. Rabbits at dusk..... I'm right there with breath held. The wonderful recordings and knowledge of individual birdsong, how do you do it? Unique, delightful, transporting. More please.
Peter Anderton. Devon

LellyYoga ,

Calming

This podcast has been with me all summer as I’ve gardened and painted almost the entire house with my earbuds in. Such a revelation- I love being outdoors anyway and was brought up on Sunday walks in the New Forest but this has really reawakened my childhood interest in birds while on covid—allowed dog walks/ exercise. I recommend wholeheartedly as an antidote to everyday worries - Melissa’s gentle philosophy completely won me over and I’ve now moved on to her novels. Absolutely brilliant.

zillah bing ,

A tonic for the mind and soul.

Thank you Melissa for a truly wonderful podcast, I can say, without exaggeration, it has been a sheer delight ! I have learnt so much from your weekly rambles,how to observe, listen and to really appreciate the changing seasons and apply it all on my own daily walks around the countryside in which I am privileged to live.I love the guests you invite on to your podcast and the poetry adds yet another touch of sheer pleasure.

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