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Saturday 14th March, 18.15 – 21.15, The Gallery in The Forum, Norwich

To All Nature Festival Goers,

We are very sorry to say that this Saturday night’s Norfolk Festival of Nature launch event on Nature and Wellbeing has been cancelled. This is due to a combination of two factors – low ticket sales and concerns about coronavirus, factors that are, of course, intertwined. Norfolk Festival of Nature is a volunteer-run organisation and we need to meet a certain threshold of ticket sales to continue to bring you top events each year. Due to rather exceptional fears of attending large public gatherings, this has not been possible this year. We are so very sorry about this. A lot of work had gone into planning this event and it is utterly galling to have to do this. It was shaping up to be quite an event on a topic that is proving to be quite the topic of the year. Please be reassured that if you have bought a ticket we are processing a full refund at the moment and you will receive email confirmation of this soon. Once again, we are really sorry about this bad news.

Patrick Barkham chairing our Festival launch event, this year in conversation with Joe Harkness about his recent book Bird Therapy. Joe’s intimate and searching memoir explores a journey from rock bottom to mental wellbeing with the help of the mindful practice of birdwatching. Patrick and Joe were to have discussed the book and reflected on the role that nature might play in our physical and mental health if we let it. After a short break for a glass of wine and we were then to have welcomed our other speakers to open the subject up towards further discussion and debate. The panel was to have included Dr Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, whose extensive research in the field has demonstrated the significant and wide ranging health benefits of living close to and spending time in nature. Anita Sethi a prize-winning journalist and author of the forthcoming nature writing memoir I Belong Here, and Lucy McRobert is a wildlife storyteller and author of 365 Days Wild, a guide to making nature part of your life every day.