RICHARD MABEY is the godfather of contemporary nature writing and has authored some forty books, including Food for Free, the groundbreaking Flora Britannica and The Unofficial Countryside, Beechcombings, The Cabaret of Plants, and his wonderful memoir Nature Cure, which was shortlisted for three major literary awards. He writes for The Times, Guardian and Granta, contributes frequently to BBC radio, and  has written a column in BBC Wildlife magazine since 1986. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by St Andrews and Essex universities for his contributions to nature writing and was appointed to the Civil List in 2008 for services to literature. He is a Trustee of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground, Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011. He lives in the Waveney Valley, Norfolk.

Read a profile of Richard Mabey’s writing life by Olivia Laing published in the Guardian.