Thu, 4 November 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The Wild Silence – Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path, on the Meaning of Home

In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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A million readers fell in love with Raynor Winn when she told the story of her home eviction and the life-changing journey that followed. She joins us to tell the next chapter in her story.

‘Heartening and comforting . . . You feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it.’ – The Times 

In 2016, days before they were unjustly evicted from their home, Raynor Winn was told her husband Moth was dying. Instead of giving up they embarked on a life-changing journey: walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path, living by their wits, determination and love of nature.

Along the windswept coastline, Raynor and Moth strove to find a way through homelessness, and ultimately find themselves. Raynor told their story in her Sunday Times bestselling memoir The Salt Path, inspiring us with her courage and conviction in the healing power of nature.

But all journeys must end and when the couple returned to civilisation they found that four walls felt like a prison, cutting them off from the sea and sky that sustained them – that had saved Moth’s life.

So when the chance to rewild an old Cornish farm comes their way, they grasped it, hoping they’ll not only reconnect with the natural world but also find themselves once again on its healing path…

Don’t miss this chance to hear the next chapter in one of the most remarkable stories of our time: the tale of one couple’s inextricable connection to the land, and how, by exploring their past, Raynor came to terms with their future.

Praise for Raynor Winn’s The Wild Silence:

‘Raynor has written a brilliant, powerful and touching account of her life before and after The Salt Path, which, like her astonishing debut, will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity.’ – Stephen Moss, author and naturalist

‘A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing.’ – Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

‘Deeply personal and spiritual in its exploration of the healing qualities of nature . . . Winn’s writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose.’ – i

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Raynor Winn

Author and Long-Distance Walker

Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.