Patrick Laurie at Wigtown Book Festival
The annual McNeillie Lecture celebrates the work of Ian Niall, who wrote under the pen name John McNeillie, and whose novel Wigtown Ploughman is a classic of rural realism. In this year’s lecture, author, farmer and conservationist Patrick Laurie looks at how life on the land has changed since McNeillie’s days. How have perceptions of the natural world evolved? And how does Ian Niall’s hard-edged vision haunt the speaker’s own depiction of agricultural life in Galloway?
“Patrick Laurie is a wonderful writer. He has written a hymn of love to his native land” – James Rebanks
About the speaker: Patrick Laurie is a freelance journalist. His blog ‘Working for Grouse’ is visited by over 30,000 visitors each year. As well as writing and farming, he works for Soil Association Scotland on a programme which supports conservation projects on farmland. His recent book, Native, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize.