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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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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden