People converged from across the UK to come to NiddFest 2015, a unique new festival celebrating nature in writing. The festival featured some of the UK’s leading writers, for adults and children, who have a passion for the natural world. Talks were linked to outdoor events in the beautiful countryside of Upper Nidderdale.
There were so many highlights – the opening night at Toft Gate Barn, high up on the hillside overlooking Nidderdale with two of our greatest living poets, Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, Valentine Warner’s incredible sea trout with foraged cure served during his talk, Mark Cocker pointing out a young cuckoo being fed by a meadow pipit, the excitement of children’s den building and a campfire in the woods, and James Rebanks’ talk which was so popular with the people of Nidderdale and beyond. In all there were around twenty events, featuring the authors mentioned as well as Evie Wyld, Katharine Norbury, Piers Torday, Michelle Harrison, Rob Cowen and Jackie Bennett.
There are images of NiddFest 2015 below.