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How to Save the World

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 12pm

Part of FlipSide

The best contemporary ‘nature’ writing is taking us well beyond human perspectives. From the skies to the seas, from the hawk to the whale, Helen Macdonald and Tim Dee reveal a profound empathy with these remarkable species.

Tim is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, which was published in 2009. His latest book is Four Fields. It is, not surprisingly, about four fields. One is in the Cambridgeshire fens, the others are on an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. He has been a BBC radio producer for 27 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4. Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar. When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens. He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls. He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.