WATCH: Jim Crumley in conversation with Karen Lloyd

Jim Crumley in conversation with fellow nature writer Karen Lloyd to launch Lakeland Wild.

The Lake District is one of our busiest national parks. Many people believe that wildness is long gone from the fells, lakes, tarns and becks, yet, within its boundaries, Jim Crumley sets out to prove them wrong – to find “a new way of seeing and writing about this most seen and written about of landscapes”.

With a naturalist’s eye and a poet’s instinct he is drawn to Lakeland’s turned-aside places where nature still thrives, from low-lying shores to a high mountain oakwood that’s not even on the map. Through backwaters and backwoods, Crumley traces this captivating land’s place in the evolution of global conservation and pleads the case for a far-reaching reappraisal of all of Lakeland’s wildness.

Jim Crumley is an ardent advocate for our landscapes and animals, and the reintroduction of species like sea eagles, beavers and wolves. He is a nature writer, journalist and poet with decades of field observation and some 30 books to his name. He has won and been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards.

Karen Lloyd is a writer of non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. The Gathering Tide and The Blackbird Diaries won Lakeland Book Awards and were selected as books of the year, in the Observer and the Birdwatcher’s Handbook.