East to Eden – Roger Deakin with Robert Macfarlane
Emergence Magazine Podcast
From the Yangtze Valley, to Neolithic Mesopotamia, to the orchards of Oxford, Roger Deakin sought to understand the origins of the domesticated apple. His essay East of Eden—an excerpted chapter from his book Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees—recounts his journey into the wild fruit forests that grow on the mountainsides of Kazakhstan. After Roger’s death in 2006, Robert MacFarlane planted a sapling grown from an apple seed that Roger carried home. As ‘Roger’s tree’ now fruits in his yard, Robert collects the pips to distribute to others, envisioning a “worldwide wildwood of memory-trees.” This essay is narrated by Robert Macfarlane. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
World-renowned nature writer Robert Macfarlane talks about how to teach our children (and ourselves) to love nature when screen time is competing for our attention, how we can recharge during this crazy time of COVID, and why it's important to know the names of animals and plants. Robert’s latest book, co-created with master illustrator Jackie Morris, is The Lost Spells.
Writer Robert Macfarlane joins the Prospect Interview to discuss writing the Earth’s underworld in his new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey. MacFarlane talks to our arts and books editor Sameer Rahim about exploring the deepest recesses of the world, the mysteries of the anthropocene, and why he’s rejecting the term “nature writer.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Federal politics; Into the Underland with Robert Macfarlane; A landmark court case win for our forests
British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special long-form conversation about the connections between landscape, language, people, and place. They delve into Robert’s latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and also draw on ideas from his past works including, Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, and Landmarks. Robert is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. Danya Jacobs, senior lawyer from Environmental Justice Australia tells Amy about the federal court case she co-led and won on behalf of Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc. against VicForests to protect our old growth native forests and endangered species. What do the final court orders mean for the protection of native forests in Victoria? Plus Ben Eltham discusses the latest in federal politics.
British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special long-form conversation about the connections between landscape, language, people, and place. They delve into Robert’s latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and also draw on ideas from his past works including, Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, and Landmarks. Robert is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.
Robert Macfarlane, bestselling author, walker, mountaineer and campaigner, talks to Kirsty Lang
Robert Macfarlane walks into the mountains, along ancient paths and down into caves and potholes. He has written beautiful and popular books about these - Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, Underland. He is concerned about the depletion of the natural world, and the language we use to speak of it. Landmarks is a lexicon of landscape and nature. When a new edition of a famous children's dictionary left out several common nature words - bluebell, conker, kingfisher - he wrote a series of poems, spells to bring them back to use, and with the artist Jackie Morris created a book. The Lost Words: A Spell Book found its way into half the primary schools in England, and every one in Scotland, and has had a profound impact on the education of children about nature. He worked with several musicians, who set the spells to create an album.Macfarlane is also a campaigner: moved by the felling of trees in Sheffield, and the protests against this, he gave a poem for anyone to use in protests. It has been translated into Telegu and used in India, as well as at HS2 demonstrations. Now Macfarlane is working with the actor and singer Johnny Flynn, writing songs inspired by the oldest known written story, Gilgamesh. In this Gilgamesh takes an axe to a scared cedar grove in the first act of deforestation. In the month when Donald Trump has finalized plans to allow drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, the earliest story, Macfarlane explains, speaks across 4,000 year to us today. Macfarlane talks to Kirsty Lang about books, collaborations and work in progress. He is deeply concerned about our treatment of the natural world, but his writing is charged with joy and, he explains, he his hopeful.Presenter: Kirsty LangProducer: Julian May
Bradley Garrett & Robert Macfarlane - Bunker: Building for the End Times
Join urban explorer Bradley Garrett and acclaimed author and academic Robert Macfarlane for a thrilling and timely discussion.Bradley Garrett is a geographer and urban explorer based at University College Dublin, and is ‘the world’s leading expert on survivalists’ (the Times). His work has been featured on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC. Garrett was a postdoctoral fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and has spoken at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries, the Sydney Opera House and Google. He climbed London’s Shard before it was open to the public.Robert Macfarlane is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of prize-winning and bestselling books about nature, place and people including Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways and Underland, which won the 2019 Wainwright Prize and was shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. His work has been translated into many languages and adapted for film, television, radio, stage and music. In 2017 he was awarded the E.M. Forster Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Wayne Chambliss is a landscape extremophile, theoretical geographer, and poet.5x15 brings together outstanding individuals to tell of their lives and inspirations.This talk was recorded at the online 5x15 event on 12th August 2020.Learn more about 5x15 events: 5x15stories.comTwitter: www.twitter.com/5x15storiesFacebook: www.facebook.com/5x15storiesInstagram: www.instagram.com/5x15stories
Robin Wall Kimmerer in Conversation with Robert Macfarlane
Emergence Magazine Podcast
As part of our recent series of online offerings, the Emergence Magazine Book Club spent the month of April reading Robin Wall Kimmerer’s celebrated, best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. For the Book Club’s last meeting, Robin joined us in a vibrant live video zoom conversation, hosted by acclaimed writer Robert Macfarlane. Responding to questions asked by readers from around the globe, Robin discussed dandelions as global citizens, the role of the writer as a conduit for story, and the spirit of reciprocity that lies at the heart of our relationship to place. It was just a conversation that was too rich not to be shared on our podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Anna and Amanda discuss a new way A-listers are helping children affected by the school closures: Save with Stories. And we've been inspired by all the reading recommendations for self-isolation. Stay tuned for our top picks! Our book of the week is Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane, exploring the Earth's underworlds in landscape and culture. 'You'd be crazy not to read this book' (Sunday Times). It's a Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century and winner of the Wainwright Prize 2019 and the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 2020. Next week, Anna and Annie will be reading The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. Follow us! Facebook: Books On The Go Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @abailliekaras and @amandalhayes99 Twitter: @abailliekaras Litsy: @abailliekaras Credits Artwork: Sascha Wilkosz