#WigtownWednesdays | James Rebanks ~ 14 October 2020

In conversation with Patrick Laurie

12 October 2020

James Rebanks ~ English Pastoral
In conversation with Patrick Laurie

Wednesday 14 October
7pm, via Zoom


Join no.1 bestselling author James Rebanks for a conversation with local writer Patrick Laurie about his latest book, English Pastoral

The author of The Shepherd's Life has returned with a stirring history of family, loss and the land over three generations on a Lake District farm. 

James Rebanks was taught by his grandfather to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, that landscape had profoundly changed. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song.

English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and how the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. But this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.