Allan Jenkins and Alys Fowler: The Self and Nature

Palace Green Library


Part of the Durham Book Festival


Two deeply moving stories in which nature becomes a powerful means of therapy and self-discovery.

At the age of 37, Alys Fowler fell in love with a woman and left her ill husband. Navigating the miles of canals around Birmingham, Hidden Nature begins as light-hearted adventure but quickly becomes a re-mapping of her own identity.

In Plot 29, Allan Jenkins spends a year digging, not only into his beloved allotment, but into his own troubled past, uncovering the painful truth of his childhood in the 1950’s foster system.

Alys Fowler is an award-winning journalist and passionate gardener who writes a weekly column in The Guardian. Allan Jenkins is editor of Observer Food Monthly.

Chaired by Caroline Beck

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