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Nov 16

Nature Matters 2023 Norfolk: Life, Landscape, Legacy

November 16, 2023 - November 18, 2023

16th-18th November 2023
At The Halls, Norwich

New Networks for Nature’s meeting – Nature Matters – is an annual three-day creative celebration of nature in words, music, film, art and debate. Our delegates are treated to an inspiring programme of talks, readings, performances and discussions from leading voices and emerging talents, all of whom share tireless dedication to the natural world.

This year we’re thrilled to be in Norwich, bringing New Networks to the east of England at last (something we attempted to do in 2020 until Covid scuppered us), and continuing our ambition to take the event around the country and reach new audiences. The venue is The Halls, an old medieval priory right in the city centre.

Our theme for 2023 is Norfolk: Life, Landscape, Legacy. This year, after sadly being forced to cancel our event in York last year because of rail strikes, we are more keen than ever to get the show back on the road. This is the most local we’ve been yet (Livin’ La Vida Local!), with an exciting group of Norfolk-based and Norfolk-born contributors and speakers lined up to show us all how rich and diverse the wildlife, conservation, landscape, heritage, crafts and traditions are in this wonderful part of the country. It’s not all about Norfolk–we’ve got lots more besides–but at heart this year we’re all about promoting, celebrating and connecting to Norfolk’s local wonders.

Richard Kerridge, Coordinator of Graduate Studies & Research Management in School of Writing, Publishing and Humanities, is on the steering committee of New Networks for Nature. Speakers have included David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Kathleen Jamie, Prerna Singh Bindra, David Gray and Germaine Greer.