The 2020 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing longlist announced on World Environment Day
June 5, 2020
Today, World Environment Day June 5th 2020, sees the announcement of the longlist for The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing, in association with the National Trust. Named after much-loved nature writer Alfred Wainwright, this year’s prize has been extended to include a second category for books about global conservation and climate change. In the midst of a global pandemic, coupled with the ongoing climate crisis, the prize feels more timely than ever as we are all recognising the restorative role that nature plays and how urgently we need to protect it. This year’s longlisted books show how nature writing continues to blossom, both in UK and around the world.
Now in its seventh year, The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing is awarded annually to the book which most successfully inspires readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. The judging panel will be chaired by TV presenter Julia Bradbury, and her fellow judges are: Geoff Duffield, Wildlife Trust volunteer and former publisher; Andrew Willan, Wealden Festival Director; Patrick Neale, Bookseller Jaffe & Neale; Jessica J Lee, Editor WillowHerb Review; Celia Richardson, Director Comms and Insight, National Trust.
The Chair of Judges for the new Global Conservation Prize is BBC Countryfile presenter, Charlotte Smith. She is joined by Chris Packham, naturalist and TV presenter; John Lewis Stempel, previous winning author; Adrian Phillips, conservationist; Rachel Woolliscroft, sustainability expert; and Craig Bennett, CEO UK Wildlife Trusts.
Chris Packham comments: “I’m thrilled to be involved with the Wainwright Prize this year. More than any other time I’ve known, it’s a real pleasure to indulge in two of my great loves: The outdoors and reading. Both have given me, and I’m sure so many people in such an uncertain time; not only pleasure, but a heightened sense of perspective as we seek reassurance and some form of connectedness. Checking in with the natural world, the positive influence it can have on your life and what we MUST do to protect it has never been more important.”
The 2020 Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing longlist is:
Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness (Unbound)
Dancing with Bees by Brigit Strawbridge Howard (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash (Bloomsbury)
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Books)
Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie (Birlinn Ltd)
On the Red Hill by Mike Parker (Cornerstone)
Rootbound by Alice Vincent (Canongate)
Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (Sort of Books)
The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange (William Collins)
The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith (William Collins)
Wanderland by Jini Reddy (Bloomsbury)
Wild Child by Patrick Barkham (Granta)
Wintering by Katherine May (Ebury)
The 2020 Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation longlist is:
Bloom: From Food to Fuel by Ruth Kassinger (Elliot & Thompson)
Greenery by Tim Dee (Vintage)
Harvest by Edward Posnett (Viking)
Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman (Hamish Hamilton)
Life Changing by Helen Pilcher (Bloomsbury)
Losing Eden by Lucy Jones (Penguin)
Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell (Granta Books)
Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald (Pelagic)
Sitopia by Carolyn Steel (Vintage)
What We Need to Do Now by Chris Goodall (Profile Books)
Working with Nature by Jeremy Purseglove (Profile Books)
The prize shortlists will be announced on July 30th and the winners announcement on September 9th.
The prize is supported by White Lion Publishing, publisher of the Wainwright Guides, the Wainwright Estate and in partnership with the National Trust. The £5000 prize fund will be shared and presented to the authors of the winning books. Last year’s winner was Underland by Robert Macfarlane.