Author and columnist at Rothbury library

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Award-winning author and newspaper columnist Melissa Harrison is visiting Rothbury Library next week to talk about her second novel At Hawthorn Time.

Melissa is a regular contributor to The Times’ Nature Notebook column and writes about urban wildlife on

Her novels combine fiction and nature to explore the impact humans are having on their natural environment. Her first, Clay, depicted the relationships between a widow and her daughter, a troubled schoolboy and a Polish worker, all living in London and finding respite in gardening.

At Hawthorn Time reverses the theme and looks at urbanites trying to assimilate to life in the country. In both books, the natural world and wildlife are as important as the human characters.

Her debut novel won the Portsmouth First Fiction award and was chosen by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year. She won the John Muir Trust’s Wild Writing Award in 2010.

Melissa’s visit to the library is part of a two-week residency in Rothbury which started on Saturday. It is organised by Northumberland Arts Development and Active Northumberland.

The talk takes place next Monday at 6pm and admission is free. For further information and to book a place, contact Rothbury Library on 01669 620428.