Restoring Nature: Rewilding & Regenerative Agriculture Literary Festival

Save the date: Saturday 18th May 2024

Booking Information

Adult ticket (18+): TBC

Children (8-17): TBC

Children (under 8): Free

Tickets purchased online will incur a small booking fee. Tickets are also available to purchase in East Gate Bookshop, 62 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5RU

*Please note, food and drink are not included in the ticket price and there is no parking at the farm.

Restoring Nature 2023 - Meet the Authors

We had four brilliant and diverse authors speaking on the day; all bringing their own unique expertise, passion and experience to the festival.

Guy Shrubsole, The Lost Rainforests of Britain:

Guy Shrubsole, the author of the bestselling Who Owns England will be talking about his book, The Lost Rainforests of Britain

This is the story of a unique habitat that has been so ravaged, most people today don’t realise it exists. Join Guy as he takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through the Atlantic oakwoods and hazelwoods of the Western Highlands, down to the rainforests of Wales, Devon and Cornwall.

Anita Roy

Anita Roy is a writer, editor and environmentalist based in Wellington, Somerset. Of mixed Indian and British descent, she lived and worked – for a variety of publishing houses – in New Delhi for two decades, before relocating to the UK in 2015

She co-edited and contributed to the nature almanac Gifts of Gravity and Light, and has published a book about the wildflower meadows of Dorset called A Year in Kingcombe, which she also illustrated

Amy-Jane Beer, The Flow: Rivers, Water and Wildness

Amy-Jane Beer is a biologist and nature writer. She is the author of several non-fiction books on science and natural history. In her latest book Flow, Amy-Jane follows springs, streams and rivers to explore tributary themes of wildness and wonder, loss and healing, mythology and history, cyclicity and transformation.

Amy’s column, wild story, appears in every issue of British Wildlife.

George Monbiot, Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

George Monbiot is a writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a regular column for The Guardian and is the author of numerous books.

In his latest book, Regenesis, Monbiot reveals how astonishing advances can change our relationship with food and farming and replace the age of extinction with a vision of a new future for food and for humanity.

How to get here

Address: Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington TQ9 7DX

Please note parking at the farm is only available to Blue Badge holders and people speaking at and organising the festival.

Walk from Totnes:

Walk or cycle along the beautiful River Dart. It’s a 45-minute walk to Lower Sharpham Farm from Totnes. If you would like company, a group will be setting off from The Plains in Totnes by The Curator Café at 9:00 am.

Bob the Bus:

Totnes Community Bus Group will be running a shuttle service to and from the farm on the day. To get to the festival the service will depart from outside The Bull Inn on the Rotherford and will run between 8:30 and 10 am, providing at least three opportunities to ride to the festival. For the return journey, from 5:30 pm, there will be two buses providing at least six opportunities to travel back to Totnes. Transport by Bob the Bus is included in the ticket price.

What to expect on the day

The day will be filled with talks, walks, books, authors, discussions, family activities and delicious locally sourced food.

Please aim to arrive at the farm between 9 and 10 a.m. The day will begin with introductions, orientations, and a chance to grab a hot drink and breakfast roll. Throughout the day there will be four guest author talks. Authors will read and present from their books either outside around the farm or inside the barn (weather dependent)! There will be Q&A sessions after each talk giving people a chance to ask questions.

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The day will be split with two author talks before, and two author talks after lunch. Forest school activities for children and live music will be going on at intervals throughout the day. After the final author, there is an early evening BBQ.  Following this we will hold a panel discussion, providing lively and stimulating chat around the festival’s themes.

Food and Drink

Delicious locally sourced food, made with organic ingredients will be available to purchase on the day.

Food tokens will be available to purchase at the café/bar for breakfast, lunch and the evening BBQ. You are welcome to bring your own flasks and food if you prefer.

Refreshments (tea/coffee and soft drinks) will be available to purchase throughout the day from the café/bar. Alcoholic drinks will also be available. 

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