The Healthy Vegetable Garden

Castle Gardens New Road Sherborne DT9 5NR, September 2, 2021 6:30 pm

Author and expert gardener Sally Morgan will discuss how to grow healthy, resilient and nutritious crops in your garden or allotment

In her new book The Healthy Vegetable Garden, expert organic gardener Sally Morgan explains how to use natural approaches to cope with the challenges of a changing climate and to grow healthy, resilient crops. In this talk and Q&A at castle Gardens, Sally will cover the fundamentals of her new book, including:

  • How to start growing organically and why it’s important to stop using pesticides & fungicides
  • How to boost your soil health with compost, mulches and more
  • How to combat disease and keep pests at bay with natural predators, companion planting, and trap and barrier crops
  • How to select the right seed and plants
  • What crops are the most nutrient dense & beneficial to your health
  • How to rewild parts of your garden by creating a range of habitats

Sally believes a healthy, productive garden should work in harmony with nature to produce and protect delicious fruits and vegetables and build a rich soil that is full of life.

Sally will be taking audience questions, and signed copies of her new book The Healthy Vegetable Garden will be for sale. Click here to secure a spot for the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm BST for a 7:30 pm start.



Martin Shaw on Smoke Hole at Waterstones

Waterstones Gower St, London, September 8, 2021 6:30 pm

Join renowned storyteller and author Martin Shaw for an evening at Waterstones Gower St, where he will speak about his new book Smoke Hole, and how ancient stories can help us face the complexities of modern life.

A celebrated mythologist and wilderness guide Martin Shaw will share three ancient stories that are metaphors for our world today, a world assailed by the seductive promises of social media and shadowed by a pandemic that has brought loneliness and isolation to an all-time high. Martin argues that we are losing our sense of direction, our sense of self, and that stories are a means of reconnecting to the ground under our feet and becoming reacquainted with awe.


Chelsea Green authors at Camp Good Life Experience

Hawarden Estate, North Wales, September 17, 2021 10:00 am

Nicola Chester (author of On Gallows Down), Chris Salisbury (author of Wild Nights Out) and Nick Kary (author of Material) will be speaking at the Camp Good Life Experience this autumn from 17th September to 19th September 2021. Click here to sign up to the waiting list to stand a chance to buy tickets for this stellar line-up!


Jane Davidson at Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival, September 18, 2021 11:00 am

Jane Davidson, author of #futuregen, will be chairing the debate Route to 2030: taking action now to solve the health, nature & climate crises. A panel of leading figures discuss the actions governments in Wales (and other UK nations) are taking that have the potential to bring about real change, exploring how governments can be both practical and radical in face of the challenges ahead. Speakers include: Henry Dimbleby, (Independent Lead, England National Food Strategy), Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales), Sue Pritchard (Chief Executive of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission – FFCC) and Simon Wright (food writer, restaurateur and broadcaster). Click here for more details and to buy tickets.


Chris Smaje at Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival, September 19, 2021 12:00 am

Chris Smaje, author of A Small Farm Future, will be speaking on a panel entitled A Different Way to Feed Ourselves: how we can adapt our food systems to meet the challenge of climate change  along with Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy, Associate Professor of Food Systems at UWE Bristol and Phil Haughton, of Better Food Co. and author of Food for Thought: Celebrating the joy of eating well and living betterClick here for more details and to buy tickets.

Chris Salisbury at Burford Literary Festival

Chris Salisbury at Burford Literary Festival

Burford, September 24, 2021 12:00 am

More than 80% of us live under light-polluted skies but it’s never too late to embrace the darkness. With a foreword by Chris Packham, Wild Nights Out by Chris Salisbury is a wonderful invitation to rediscover the dark and all things that cry, creep or glow! Chris will be inviting us to explore the mysterious folds of darkness and teaching us how to reframe our relationship with the dark and get the best out of the night. Wild Nights out is the perfect nocturnal empowerment for the curious of every age! Click here to book tickets.

Derek Gow at Burford Literary Festival

Derek Gow at Burford Literary Festival

Burford, September 24, 2021 1:00 pm

This is the story of the ‘farmer turned ecologist’ and his quest to re-wild Britain’s waterways. This is a riotously funny first hand account of the movement to change the British landscape in the face of outright opposition from the Government and landowning elites. Bringing Back The Beaver is a magnificent account of the authors struggle to reintroduce a species crucial to the health of our ecosystems. Click here to watch Derek Gow talk about his book and his work as a rewilder  at Burford Literary Festival.

Nick Kary at Burford Literary Festival

Nick Kary at Burford Literary Festival

Burford, September 27, 2021 11:00 am

Nick Kary has spent a lifetime making, teaching, and writing. Over the past 35 years he has developed his skill set as a craftsman and designer of fine furniture from workshops in London, Mexico and Devon, for clients including Terence Conran, Madonna and Elton John. Through beautifully crafted writing filled with memorable makers, landscapes, stories and scenery, Material is a rich celebration of what it means to imagine and create. Nick Kary champions the voices of artisans across the English landscape, from potters to woodworkers, and reminds us of the rich vein of knowledge and skills that defines our common human heritage. Click here to buy tickets.

Robert Somerville at burford Literary Festival

Robert Somerville at Burford Literary Festival

Burford, September 27, 2021 1:00 pm

Upon moving to Hertfordshire, craftsman Robert Somerville revived the ancient tradition of raising elm barns by hand. Volunteers from all walks of life came together to take part in the barn building and in the process ended up reviving ancient skills while using locally-sourced elm. In his new book Barn Club, Robert explores the role of nature, traditional craft and community spirit in the context of the building of Carley Barn over the course of a year. Click here to attend his event at Burford Literary Festival.