Join us for an evening with Marc Hamer as he talks about his new book Spring Rain, a wise, life-affirming memoir about gardens and what they mean to us throughout our lives.

In Spring Rain writer and gardener, Marc Hamer, now in his sixties, shares his path to contentment from difficult beginnings. Through the prism of family gardens, he reflects on how we reconcile our childhoods with were we end up as adults.

Growing up in a violent home, as a young boy Marc found solace and safety in his small back garden. In particular, in its shed, where he stumbled across an incomplete set of old encyclopaedias. These books, and observing the plants and insects in his garden began his lifelong love of learning.

Throughout his journey from youth to age, Marc has found the answers to life’s questions in the nature around him. While building his ‘final’ garden at his home in Cardiff, he looks back on what he has learned along the way, from his days as a child to his later life as a professional gardener creating places of calm and restoration for others. Above all, Spring Rain encourages us to tune back in with the natural world, offering both consolation and a guide to a happier life.

Marc’s previous books A Life in Nature; or How to Catch a Mole and Seed to Dust were both longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. We look forward to welcoming him to Booka to celebrate the publication of Spring Rain.

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of Spring Rain) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Spring Rain).

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