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Creative Footsteps: Walk & Talk with Laurence Rose

Part of the Creative Footsteps Festival

Monday 4th October: 10am-1pm

A walk and discussion with nature writer, Gilbert White expert and conservationist Laurence Rose. Starting at Gilbert White’s House Laurence will discuss how White brought mindful observation of landscape and place into his writing – maybe the first nature writer to do so. The walk will take you past Selborne church towards the Long and Short Lythes where we will think about the landscape in his day, and practice a bit of mindfulness Gilbert-style. The talk will also include thoughts on how later writers have been influenced by him and touch on my own work and practice.

Find out more about Laurence’s work:

Between 2 and 10 October the area’s first Nature and Literary Festival will celebrate local literary greats and their love of the East Hampshire countryside. Follow in the footsteps of author Jane Austen, our first ecologist and naturalist Gilbert White, the wartime poet Edward Thomas and more. You can enjoy short guided nature walks, writing and poetry workshops, garden tours, trails, Yoga and more.


15 available
Walk & Talk with Laurence Rose£10.00
  • Start Date: 04 Oct 21
  • End Date: 04 Oct 21
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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