Join us for an evening with forager and author John Wright as he talks about his new book The Observant Walker.
When we go for a walk, whether in the countryside or city, we pass through landscapes full of natural beauty and curiosities both visible and invisible – but though we might admire the view, or wonder idly about the name of a flower, we rarely have the knowledge to fully engage with what we see. When we do, our sense of place is expanded, our understanding deepened and we can discover richness in even the most everyday stroll.
John Wright has been leading forays around Britain for decades. As an expert forager, he shows people how to identify the edible species that abound – but he also reveals the natural history, stories and science behind our surroundings. Here, he takes us with him on eight walks: from verdant forests to wild coastlines, via city pavements, fields and rolling hills, he illuminates what can be found on a walk across any British terrain, and how you might observe and truly understand them, for yourself.
The Observant Walker is a warm, wise and endlessly informative book that will help you to see the world around you with new eyes: no walk will be the same again!
John Wright is the country’s foremost expert in foraging and brings decades of experience, including as forager at the River Cottage. He is the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore and Hedgerow. His most recent books include The Forager’s Calendar, and The Spotter’s Guide to the Countryside. We look forward to welcoming him to Oswestry!
Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Observant Walker) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Obervant Walker)