Wigtown Book Festival: Polly Pullar


Polly Pullar – The Horizontal Oak

Ever since her pet sheep Lulu used to accompany her to school, animals and nature have been at the heart of Polly Pullar’s world. The naturalist and photographer grew up in a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands where she first encountered otters, seals, eagles and wildcats. So it’s no wonder her new memoir is subtitled ‘A Life in Nature’.

But as she reveals in The Horizontal Oak, her childhood had darker currents which would ultimately lead to tragedy. Following the suicide of her alcoholic father, Polly’s relationship with her mother deteriorated and her own marriage broke apart. But in this painfully honest and remarkable memoir, she tells how nature helped her rebuild her life. She talks about her deeply personal and revelatory book.

Polly Pullar lives in Highland Perthshire on a small farm where she has planted thousands of trees and hedge plants. She began keeping wildlife diaries and taking photographs while she was still at primary school and has spent more than thirty years writing for The Scots Magazine and People’s FriendThe Horizontal Oak is her tenth book. Polly is a regular chairperson at Wigtown Festival and the organiser of the A Write Highland Hoolie festival in Mallaig.

  • Wigtown County Buildings
  • Sun 25 Sep 18:00
  • Tickets: £7.50
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Sunday 25 Sep 2022
County Buildings, Wigtown. United Kingdom