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Nature Matters: November 19th - 21st, Bath Spa.

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Widcombe Social Centre, Bath

Widcombe Hill

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BA2 6AA

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Nature Matters is an annual creative celebration of nature in words, music, film, art and debate. This year the theme is Local to Global

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Nov 19th - 21st: Nature Matters - Local to Global

'New Networks for Nature is an inspiring, astonishing phenomenon' - Helen Macdonald, author H is for Hawk

New Networks for Nature’s meeting - Nature Matters - is an annual three-day creative celebration of nature in words, music, film, art and debate. Our delegates are treated to an inspiring programme of talks, readings, performances and discussions from leading voices and emerging talents, all of whom share tireless dedication to the natural world.

This year we're thrilled to be in Bath, bringing New Networks to the south-west for the first time as part of our ambition to take the event around the country and reach new audiences. The venue is Widcombe Social Club in the beautiful historic city of Bath itself. For our special Saturday night event, we will be situated in St Swithin’s Church in the city centre

Our theme for 2021 is Local to Global. This year, as we struggle to leave Covid and its profound effects behind us, we address the ever-increasing awareness and action on environmental issues from both intimately local and vastly global perspectives.

Who’s on the programme?

On Friday 19th, we will be holding a number of events. The pre-conference events are:

• A birdwatching trip to the RSPB Ham Wall reserve with Stephen Moss and Ben Hoare, which will hopefully culminate in a chance to see the famed starling murmuration. Leaving and returning from Bath Spa bus station

• At the same time, there are three nature writing workshops located in the Widcombe Social Club. Tim Birkhead (popular science and nature writing ), Richard Kerridge (long-form nature writing), and, jointly, Nicola Chester and Amy-Jane Beer (short-form nature writing).

Our Friday night opening event is Anita Sethi and David Lindo in conversation with journalist and TV presenter, Seb Choudhury. It is called Everyone’s Nature?

Over the following two days we have a variety of stimulating and thought-provoking sessions. Well-known youth conservationists Bella Lack, Holly Gillibrand and Kabir Kaul discuss how young people have found a voice for themselves in the worlds of conservation and activism. Marine biologist Nina O’Hanlon, poet Jean Sprackland and Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay discuss plastics in our environments.

Julian Hector, head of the BBC’s Natural History unit explores the role and future of wildlife documentaries. Ways in which a shared love of wildlife gives people connections across the world are discussed by Tim Guilford, Prerna Singh Bindra and Simon Allen. Nicola Chester reads from her new book, On Gallows Down. Rachel Taylor, Sarah Gillespie and Harriet Mead show how different genres of art can show us brilliant new aspects of wild nature and help raise environmental awareness.

Nick Acheson and Ian Redmond debate the rights and wrongs of international ecotourism, and Satish Kumar, Jini Reddy and Nick Mayhew-Smith bring different perspectives to nature and spirituality. We also have producer and musician Merlyn Driver introducing his latest RSPB project - musical responses to the endangered Curlew. We also learn about the relationship between mental health and love of nature from Samantha Walton. Please see the full programme for all the details.

On Saturday night we are also extremely proud to present internationally renowned singer-songwriter David Gray in conversation Mary Colwell. David has been inspired by the natural world from childhood and it is a strong presence in his latest album, Skellig. In this unique event in the beautiful St Swithin’s Church in the centre of Bath, David will discuss the importance of nature to his music (and even treat us to a song or two!)


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Food, drink and networking

Lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea* for Saturday and Sunday are included in ticket prices. These breaks present a wonderful opportunity to mingle and meet speakers and other delegates. There will be a drinks bar available for the Friday night event with Anita Sethi and David Lindo.*All meals will be vegetarian and nut free, with vegan alternatives available. For other important dietary requirements, please notify us by email info@newnetworksfornature.org.uk, after you receive your booking confirmation.

A note on pricing:

New Networks for Nature is a registered charity, our annual events are not-for-profit, and as always, we aim keep ticket prices down as much as possible. As in 2019, we are offering concession price tickets so that we can make this event as diverse and inclusive as possible. These are available to students, under 25s and unemployed delegates (not including senior citizens, sorry). Important: please bring proof of status to show on entry.

This year we are also launching a Friends of New Networks scheme so that delegates who feel able to ‘sponsor’ or support those for whom the fees are more difficult can donate and help increase the diversity of our audiences even further. Please donate to this through our donate page.

FAQs

If I buy a three-day ticket, does this include everything?

Our three-day ticket includes all the session in the main programme, lunches, tea/coffee and refreshments and the special brochure of writings and art.

The exceptions are the evening with David Gray on Saturday night and the pre-conference workshops and birdwatch. These need to be purchased separately through the website. Note, the bar drinks for the Friday night event are not included.

Is ID or minimum age required to enter the event?

You will be asked to give your name on arrival. ID is not required, but concession ticket holders need proof of status. There is no minimum age for delegates, but the event is aimed broadly at adult delegates and not suitable for young children.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public transport:

Widecombe Social Centre is a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa train station and bus station. We highly recommend coming to New Networks by public transport if you can.

By car:

Convenient long stay car parks are available at Southgate Shopping Centre (Southgate St, Bath BA1 1TP), 10 minutes walk from the venue, or the Bath Waterside Car Park, by the Travelodge which is very close to the venue: (https://www.apcoa.co.uk/parking/bath/bath-waterside-travelodge/).

Other car parks are available in the city.

Where can I stay?

Bath has plenty of visitor accommodation to suit most budgets.

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

We'll do our best. All food provided at the venue will be vegetarian, with vegan options, and the venue is a nut-free environment. If you have dietary requirements we should be aware of (allergies or severe food intolerances), please email us in advance on info@newnetworksfornature.org.uk with the heading DIETARY REQUIREMENTS FOR NATURE MATTERS 2019

Where can I get dinner?

Being a major city centre, there are plenty of options for eating out in the evening.

What's the refund policy and how might Covid restrictions affect this?

We can provide a refund up to 30 days before the event.

With uncertainty continuing to surround any large-scale event as a result of Covid, we need to reassess the viability of the event frequently in the lead up to November. We reserve the right to cancel the event if it is deemed necessary because of national social distancing restrictions. In this eventuality, full refunds will be provided to delegates. The health and wellbeing of attendees, volunteers and staff is our priority. The event will be held in accordance with the latest Covid-19 guidelines from the government and Bath Spa University.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We should have a full delegate list to register you against, but a copy of your ticket, either digital or paper, will help if any confusion arises.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

If you wish to transfer your ticket to another delegate, please email us info@newnetworksfornature.org.uk.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email us using info@newnetworksfornature.org.uk

The 2021 event is co-curated by writer and conservationist Mary Colwell; eco-critic and writer Michael J. Warren; writer and editor Ben Hoare, eco-critic, nature writer and teacher of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, Richard Kerridge.

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Widcombe Social Centre, Bath

Widcombe Hill

Bath

BA2 6AA

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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