July 20th – Rebecca Smith In Conversation


In Conversation with Rebecca Smith

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We’re thrilled to welcome Rebecca Smith to Heron & Willow to discuss her excellent book “Rural: The Lives Of The Working Class Countryside”. Tickets are free, but you can donate £5 to help support our author events or you can pre-order a copy of the book. We will open the doors at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

‘Revelatory’ THE SCOTSMAN

‘Eye-opening and persuasive’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Brilliant … I loved it’ KIT DE WAAL

‘Thoughtful, moving, honest’ CAL FLYN

Rebecca Smith is a non-fiction author and journalist from Cumbria. She worked for BBC Radio for over a decade, producing a variety of programmes including news and features, and has written for The New York Times, the Guardian and the Sunday Times. She has a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and now lives in central Scotland with her children and partner.

About Rural:

Work in the countryside ties you, soul and salary, to the land. But often those who labour in nature have the least control over what happens there. In this beautifully observed book, Rebecca Smith traces the stories of foresters and millworkers, miners, builders, farmers and pub owners, to paint a picture of the working class lives that often go overlooked.

Living in rural areas means being surrounded by natural beauty, but for many it also demands hard work, precarity, fewer opportunities and – increasingly – being pushed out of the place your family might have called home for generations. In Rural, Rebecca Smith brings together the reasons we all love nature with the histories of life in its midst, and a prescient look at the dynamics for rural areas today. Why are our farmers struggling to make a profit on a pint of milk? What has Airbnb done to small communities in places like the Lake District? In a gorgeous tour of Scotland, England and Wales, this is a book for anyone who loves and longs for the countryside, and is interested in the future of rural Britain.



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