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We talk to Patrick Laurie, author of Wainwright Prize 2020 shortlisted book Native, about the inspiration behind his writing and his call to action for us all.

Our guest:

Patrick Laurie credit Duncan Ireland

Patrick Laurie was born and brought up near Dalbeattie – ‘the town of hard granite and warm hearts’. His blog Working for grouse was set up more than a decade ago as a diary of conservation in hill farming; it now attracts around 30,000 visitors each year. As well as writing and farming, he is involved in a number of conservation projects on upland farms across Scotland and the north of England. Unsurprisingly, Patrick lives in Galloway, Scotland.

Native copy

Galloway is a place forgotten – a vague, half-imagined corner of Scotland that has fallen off the map. Patrick Laurie returns to his homeland, to establish a herd of native cattle on the hills above the Solway Firth and encounters the final passing of an ancient rural heritage.

Read an extract of Native on the Wainwright Prize website here

See all the shortlisted books here

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