Britain’s foremost nature writer, Richard Mabey, travelled to Dorset this November to give the very first Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk, organised by Little Toller for the Bridport Literary Festival. His many books include Food for Free, The Unofficial Countryside, Beechcombings, Weeds, the ground-breaking Flora Britannica, and his best-selling memoir Nature Cure. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by St Andrews and Essex universities for his contributions to nature writing and was appointed to the Civil List in 2008 for services to literature. He is Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society and Patron of the John Clare Society.
Richard discussed his life’s work with Sue Clifford, the co-founder of the distinguished Dorset-based charity Common Ground and co-author of England in Particular. The event celebrated Kenneth Allsop’s In the Country, published by Little Toller Books last year. Set at West Milton, the book is a record of Ken’s day-to-day life and reveals through the changing seasons his wit, boundless curiosity, and the delight he felt for the richness and beauty of west Dorset.
For more information, read our blog post about the event: littletoller.co.uk/2012/10/richard-mabey-in-dorset/