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Dara McAnulty: Diary of a Young Naturalist

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The activist and BBC Springwatch Unsprung Hero launches his first book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, in conversation with writer Robert Macfarlane, alongside a very special guest to be announced.

Dara McAnulty is Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute and the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB medal for conservation.

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 14-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world, from spring to winter, on his home patch, at school, in the wild and in his head.

Evocative and raw, it explores his deep connection to the natural world and his experience as a teenager juggling exams and friendships alongside his life as a wildlife campaigner.

McAnulty says: ‘I was diagnosed with Aspergers/autism aged five ... By age seven, I knew I was very different, I had gotten used to the isolation, my inability to break through into the world of talking about football or Minecraft was not tolerated. Then came the bullying. Nature became so much more than an escape; it became a life-support system.’

In 2017 McAnulty was awarded the Unsprung Hero and Birdwatch magazine’s Local Hero awards. In 2018 he became an ambassador for RSPCA and the #iwill campaign.

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris.

Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award.

Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC.

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Purcell Room


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