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Suffolk Libraries relaunches online nature book club Wild Reads

Sara Holman from Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Kellie Dimmock and Sophie Green from Suffolk Libraries holding the Wild Reads book collection

Suffolk Libraries and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust have relaunched our online book group which focuses on nature writing and exploring the natural world.

The project, called Wild Reads, was first launched in January 2020 and aimed to inspire and ignite a love of nature in readers through the lenses of a wide variety of writers.

Alongside the launch of the online book group, Suffolk Wildlife Trust also hosted Walking Book Clubs and Wildlife Walks to coincide with the project.

The project was put on hold while the UK was under lockdown.

Every two months, a different Wild Read will be chosen as the focus and a page dedicated to the title will be hosted on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website. The titles will also be available on our catalogue and eLibrary.

For March and April, the selected Wild Read is Nature Cure by Richard Mabey which explores the author's move to the open flatlands of Norfolk due to declining mental health - and how nature inspired him to write again.

The Wild Read for May and June will be Thinking on my feet by Kate Humble, which tells the story of how the simple act of walking brought new reflections and insight to the author throughout a single year.

Kellie Dimmock, Information for Living Librarian at Suffolk Libraries, said:

"Suffolk Libraries is thrilled to be relaunching our Wild Reads nature writing project with Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Having had a great start to our partnership with events last January – March, we sadly had to press pause and take the book collection and activities online. Now Spring has sprung it is the perfect time to re-engage with such a brilliant partnership and project."

One of the authors of our WildReads titles, Isabella Tree, gave her endorsement for the project back in 2019:

“Never has there been a greater need for nature writers who can communicate issues about the environment in a clear, immediate and powerful way. And never, thankfully, has there been greater public interest in learning about nature, what we can do to restore it and how we can forge a closer, more respectful relationship with it. I’m thrilled to be one of the authors selected by the Wild Read projects and to find myself in such awe-inspiring company. I hope these wild reads provide pleasure and, above all, encouragement to get out there into the natural world, to see things in different ways, and perhaps even to welcome wilder nature back into our lives.”

The full list of Wild Reads are:

For more information, visit the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website or to find out more about the titles available to borrow, visit our Wild Reads page.