Graham Harvey, the Agricultural Story Editor for the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers, will give the keynote speech at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s AGM on Tuesday 18 November at the Ceres Hall, Corn Exchange, Devizes, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).
Graham, who joined The Archers scriptwriting team in the mid-1980s, will explain how stories are developed that reflect the issues and concerns facing farmers and countryfolk in modern rural life.
The Archers, which began in 1951, is a radio soap opera revolving around a set of characters who live in the fictional English village of Ambridge.
Graham, a winner of the BP Natural World Book Prize for his first book, Killing the Countryside (Cape), has also written for radio and TV dramas including The Bill and Legal Affairs, and for several years wrote ‘The Old Muckspreader’ for the magazine Private Eye.
At the AGM he will also be talking about the issue of Real Food. Chefs, food writers and environmentalists increasingly equate real food with local food and Graham will provide insight into how you can source local food, and the reasons why you should consider doing so.
He will be signing copies of his book ‘We Want Real Food – the Food Lover’s Bible’ (Constable and Robinson), which gives information and advice on what to buy and what to avoid, where you can get it and what’s on the label among much else.
Graham has a lifelong interest in farming. He was a Bangor College agricultural graduate before becoming a reporter for Farmers Weekly. From the late 70s he freelanced in countryside, food and environmental issues for a range of national publications.
To find out more, come along to the AGM, which is open to everyone, not just the Trust’s members. It is the ideal chance to find out more about the work of the county’s biggest environmental charity, its 37 nature reserves and the range of work it is involved in, from protecting wildlife and wild places to combating waste and increasing energy efficiency.