The January and February events will be via Zoom webinar. Tickets £6; please register via the event link on www.oundlelitfest.org.uk

Raynor Winn The Wild Silence

Thursday 14th January, 8-9pm

Following her Sunday Times bestselling, prizewinning book The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her profoundly moving second memoir.

In The Salt Path, Raynor and her husband Moth head to the windswept coastline to try to fi nd a way through homelessness, and ultimately to fi nd themselves. Now in The Wild Silence they come back to four walls, but the sense of home is elusive and returning to normality is not easy.

Raynor and Moth continue to face his debilitating illness, as Raynor struggles to recover trust in herself and others. Until someone who read The Salt Path makes an unbelievable offer and they fi nd themselves living on an overused farm, tasked with revitalising the land and returning the wildlife to its hedgerows.

With only their life-long love of each other and the natural world to help them, they begin to rediscover the meaning of home. The Wild Silence is the story of one couple’s inextricable connection to the land; and how by exploring their past, Raynor comes to terms with their future.

Francis Pryor The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths.

Thursday 18th February, 8-9pm

This book is a personal, historical journey across one of the most mysterious regions of England, exploring its archaeology, history and landscapes by one of Britain’s most distinguished living archaeologists. It was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week.

Francis Pryor has lived in, excavated, farmed, walked – and loved – the Fen Country for more than forty years: its levels and drains, its soaring churches, its magnifi cent medieval buildings. The Fens is personal story of the authors’ discovery, as both an archaeologist and farmer, of this distinctive, complex, enduring, man-made and little understood landscape.

In The Fens, Francis counterpoints the history of the Fen landscape and its transformation – the great drainage projects that created the Old and New Bedford Rivers, the Ouse Washes and Bedford Levels, the rise of prosperous towns and cities, such as King’s Lynn, Cambridge, Wisbech, Boston and Spalding – with the story of his own discovery of it as an archaeologist.

As well as exploring the history of this rich landscape, Francis looks to the future of the Fens. Combing beautiful prose with nature writing, history and memoir, he investigates how rising seas might affect this fl at expanse, whose land often falls below sea-level.

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Oundle Festival of Literature Jan/Feb 2021