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Amy-Jane Beer – The Flow

The writer and naturalist Amy-Jane Beer talks about her lyrical and moving new book: The Flow: Rivers, Water and Wildness, which won the prestigious Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing (2023). 

In partnership with the Friends of Marsden Library. 

On New Year’s Day 2012, Amy-Jane Beer’s friend Kate set out with a group to kayak the River Rawthey in Cumbria. Kate never came home, and her death left her devoted family and friends bereft and unmoored. Returning to visit the Rawthey years later, Amy realises how much she misses the connection to the natural world she always felt when on or close to rivers, setting her on a journey of natural, cultural and emotional discovery. 

From West Country torrents to Levels and Fens, rocky Welsh canyons, the salmon highways of Scotland and the chalk rivers of the Yorkshire Wolds, Amy-Jane follows springs, streams and rivers to explore tributary themes of wildness and wonder, loss and healing, mythology and history, cyclicity and transformation. 

“A true masterpiece”Times Literary Supplement

Dr Amy-Jane Beer is a biologist, naturalist and writer. She has worked for more than 20 years as a science writer and editor, contributing to more than 40 books on natural history. She is a Country Diarist for The Guardian, a columnist for British Wildlife and a feature writer for BBC Wildlife magazine, among others. Her book The Flow: Rivers, Water and Wildness won the 2023 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. 


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Date: Sunday 28 April 

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm 

Venue: Marsden Mechanics Hall, Peel Street, Marsden HD7 6BW 

Tickets: £8 (£5 conc) free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers 

Age guidance: 10+ (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult) 

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