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Feel Good Friday – Virtual Foraging Trip from Frome to Lyme Regis

9 July @ 11:00 - 11:45 BST

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Take a virtual foraging trip with Society of Authors member David Hamilton from Frome to Lyme Regis, based on tips and trips from his book, Where the Wild Things Grow.

It is September in this hypothetical adventure, late summer mushrooms are up in the fields and woodlands, the last of the summer fruit is bursting from the hedgerows, and down by the sea coastal greens and seaweeds are awaiting the oncoming autumn.

David will talk you through many of the plants, seaweeds and mushrooms he expects to find on the way and there will be a chance to ask your burning foraging questions at the end.

We may be meeting online, but David will bring the outdoors indoors and inspire your foraging adventures for the year to come.

Who is this session for?

Authors of all kinds should enjoy the talk – from food and nature writers to writers of historic, prehistoric and fantasy fiction looking for some inspiration on what to put on their characters’ plates.


  • 5 mins – Intro from Lilly Brend-Fish, Events & Comms Assistant (SoA)
  • 35 mins – Talk from David Hamilton
  • 5 mins – Closing comments

Send your questions in advance

Please send any questions in advance to lbrendfish@societyofauthors.org with ‘Virtual Foraging Trip’ in the subject header.

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The line-up

Dave Hamilton – Writer, Tutor, Forager

Dave Hamilton is a writer, tutor and forager whose latest book Where the Wild Things Grow A Foragers Guide to the Landscape is about the wild foods growing all around us. Referencing close to 200 different wild foods, it explores what can be foraged in the manmade environment, the countryside, coast and woodlands.

Dave’s Twitter  Dave’s Instagram  Dave’s Youtube   Dave’s Linkedin  Dave’s Website


Book your place by using the registration below.


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9 July
11:00 - 11:45 BST
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