© Mary Colwell

© Mary Colwell

Photo © Tim Birkhead

Photo © Tim Birkhead

Changing Nature

Nothing in nature stays the same. From the microscopic to the mountainous, from milliseconds to millennia, the natural world is constantly changing. Humans are perhaps the greatest agents of change, driving it for our needs and wants. This complex threading of natural and man-made change can be both enriching and destructive. In this year’s conference we explore change from different perspectives and explore how we present that change through art, science and literature. The opening event sees Patrick Barkham in conversation with Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, comparing how they have inspired change through words and actions. Over the following two days we hear about the great changes undergone in the oceans and on our farmland, about the hidden worlds that reveal themselves through technology, and how our perception of nature has altered through human history.

In the Art Gallery, the John Clare Exhibition, compiled by Carry Akroyd, meshes the world of the great nineteenth century poet of the countryside with modern depictions of nature.

Understanding change is vital; only by appreciating that nothing stays the same can we plan how to live sustainably in the future.


Share supper with us

This year we hope you will stay on and join us for an informal supper on Friday evening in the Arts Centre ballroom at 6:00 pm. There are two options: fish & chips or vegetarian quiche & chips. Both options have been sourced by our caterers from local suppliers and have been carefully checked to ensure they meet our sustainability standards. More information is available on request.

The supper is bookable as an extra option alongside the daytime tickets. Unfortunately, we will not be able to cater for extra requests on the day. A soft drink is provided and the Arts Centre Cellar Bar and café will be open for other beverages.

Book Sales and Networking

As in previous years, books will be available for sale from authors who are speaking and attending. And, as always, there will be plenty of time and space for conversation and networking, with the opportunity to continue socializing in local haunts on the Thursday and Friday nights.



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