Celebration in Diss of nature writing’s great individualist: Roger Deakin – in his own words

PUBLISHED: 12:09 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:09 24 January 2013

Nature writers to celebrate the work of the late Roger Deakin at Diss Corn Hall.

Nature writers to celebrate the work of the late Roger Deakin at Diss Corn Hall.


An impressive array of distinguished writers of nature and the countryside will be part of a celebration at the Diss Corn Hall of the work of the late Roger Deakin, who would have been 70 in February.

Since his death in 2006, Deakin’s reputation as one of the Britain’s most original and best-loved writers of country life has become established.

The Corn Hall event promises not only readings from Deakin’s writing – including his three highly successful books, Waterlog, Wildwood and Notes From Walnut Tree Farm – but extracts from his highly-praised Radio 4 documentaries and rarely-seen TV films of East Anglian life made during the 1990s.

Among the readers will be Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield; Richard Mabey, whose Flora Britannica and Nature Cure have been bestsellers; and the award-winning travel and nature writer Robert Macfarlane who is chair of this year’s Man Booker Prize judging panel.

Author Terence Blacker, who is putting the event together, says that the evening will be celebration of Deakin’s distinctive, and often very funny, view of his world.

“There have been many events of discussion about Roger and his writing.

“This will be different and in a way unique. It will be by him – it’s all about his voice, his words, his way of seeing things.

“There has never been an event where the different strands of his work – writing, radio, TV – have been brought together.”

Roger Deakin – in his own words is at 7.30pm on February 9 at the Diss Corn Hall.

Tickets £10 / concessions £9. Box office: Diss Corn Hall, St Nicholas’ St, call 01379 652241 or visit

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