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Pasture to Plate®: All Among the Barley

Melissa Harrison Interviewed by Oliver Balch

Saturday, 30 March 2019

10:00am

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

£7 - £12.50

Nature writer and novelist Melissa Harrison talks about her third novel, All Among the Barley, a coming-of-age story set in 1930s rural Britain, and about exploring country life through literature.

It is the story of 14-year-old Edie befriended by an older woman Constance FitzAllen who arrives at Edie’s home to write about fading rural traditions. Constance is not quite what she seems, however, and Edie must find a way to save herself from disaster.

‘A deeply atmospheric work, steeped in the rhythms and traditions of the English countryside and the rhythms and traditions of its literature. Its texture – dense, hypnotic and beautifully rendered – is oddly daring. The fusing of ancient natural cycles and farming techniques with powerfully descriptive prose and rich characterisation feels luxuriant on the page … Startling ... A novel whose texture is both poetic and skillfully wrought’ Financial Times

Harrison is also author of the novels At Hawthorn Time, shortlisted for the Costa novel award, and Clay. She is also a nature writer, critic and columnist including for The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian. Here she talks to journalist and author of non-fiction books about South America, India and Wales Oliver Balch.

This event is part of a series under the banner Pasture to Plate® that look at the environmental and health benefits of raising food on pasture and getting it to the consumer quickly through a short supply chain.

 

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BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Sloane Club British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden