Thursday 19 November 2020 | 6:00pm

Dara McAnulty & Robert Macfarlane

Thursday 19 November 2020 | 6:00pm

Dara McAnulty & Robert Macfarlane

£5.00 - Single event ticket
£25.00 - Festival Pass

Come and see what hope looks like and hear about the extraordinary life of Dara McAnulty, winner of The Wainwright Prize, longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and a truly remarkable writer.

In conversation with Robert Macfarlane, academic, best-selling nature writer and Honorary Festival Patron

Dara McAnutly & Robert Macfarlane: Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty is a young star of the conservation movement and recently became the youngest ever winner of a major literary prize after being awarded The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing. Diagnosed with autism at the age of 5, his intense connection with the natural world became a lifeline. Dara spent a year chronicling the turning of his world at his home in Northern Ireland. The result is a moving and vivid diary about his connection to wildlife, environmental campaigning, and navigating teenage life. Come and see what hope looks like and hear about Dara’s extraordinary life as he is joined in conversation by Robert Macfarlane.   

Author Biography

Dara McAnulty is a young writer, naturalist and activist from Northern Ireland. He has been awarded BBC Springwatch ‘Unsprung Hero’ Award and Birdwatch magazine ‘Local Hero’; in 2018 he was awarded ‘Animal Hero’ of the year by The Daily Mirror and became ambassador for RSPCA and the iWill campaign; in 2019 he became a Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute and was the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB medal. Diary of a Young Naturalist won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing in 2020, was shortlisted for three awards in the Irish Book Awards and was longlisted for the Baille Gifford prize. He lives with his family at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.