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15-17 March, 2024

Welcome to the Shaftesbury Book Festival

We're delighted to welcome Nicola Chester to Shaftesbury for an evening talk and discussion on March 11, 2023

Nicola has been called an ‘early, female pioneer’ of the ‘new nature writing’ (Dominic Couzens). She and her family are tenants in an estate workers cottage at the heart of the glorious North Wessex Downs.

Her memoir, On Gallows Down. Place, Protest and Belonging, (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2021) was highly commended by the Wainwright Prize and won the Richard Jefferies Award. 

Tickets on sale now – £10


The theme 'Reading the Land' is an invitation to share in the passion, experience and insight of our authors as we explore the best of nature writing. In March 2022, we ran our first festival, following two years of planning and uncertainty during the pandemic. Read our post about the event.

"We hope to stimulate positive ways of living with nature, and encourage the audience to share our passion for the landscapes, coasts, and flora and fauna”

The event will be back in March 2024, but in between we hope to run smaller events to keep the spirit of the festival alive and kicking. 

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