Wild Child: Dara McAnulty in Conversation

Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist announced a brave new voice in nature writing and made him the youngest winner of a major literary prize, The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing in 2020. As well as composing prose on his deep connections to wild spaces, Dara campaigns on environmental issues, calling on politicians to take the urgent action needed to avert disaster. He has become a prominent member of the generation of activists operating on a global stage, commanding huge social media followings and taking governments to task.


This event, chaired by environmental journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle, explores the youth activism at the heart of the campaign against climate catastrophe. Lucy and Dara will discuss the passions that inspire his writing, reflect on the achievements of recent campaigns and ask what remains to be done and why young people may be the catalyst that our world needs.


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Part of the British Library’s springtime season on environment: The Natural Word.


Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, writer and environmental campaigner. He is the youngest ever winner of the RSPB Medal and won the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing in 2020 with his Diary of a Young Naturalist. He has worked with Chris Packham, the RSPB, National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute, as well as making films and radio programmes for the BBC. He lives in Northern Ireland with his family.


Lucy Siegle is a climate and environmental journalist and broadcaster. She has written a weekly ethical living column for the Observer and is known as the ‘green’ reporter for The One Show. Lucy was an executive producer on the Netflix documentary The True Cost, about the fashion industry and sustainability. She is the co-host of the podcast series So Hot Right Now, featuring legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, among others.