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The Stubborn Light of Things

Melissa Harrison
NatureSociety & CultureDocumentaryScience

I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. For six months – as spring 2020 broke over the British Isles, and summer turned to autumn – I documented the wonder and richness of the natural world and the changing seasons and brought the outdoors into as many locked-down homes as I could.


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Latest Episodes

Join Melissa, two years on from the original broadcasts, for a bonus episode recorded live at Green Man Festival in Wales. She’ll be on stage talking to Marchelle Farrell about nature writing, the Stubborn Light podcast, and her new nature app, Encou... more

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3 years ago

Join Melissa for the last time on a longer walk than usual, taking in some familiar landmarks from earlier in the series. It’s a damp and misty autumn afternoon and the air smells of wet leaves and woodsmoke. Listen →

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 610 ratings
  • Long overdue

    Great to hear The Stubborn Light of Things again, even if only as a one off episode. Fingers crossed that there may be others in the future.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • My absolute favourite podcast

    This podcast has been my absolute favourite since I discovered it a few weeks ago and I don’t want it to end! I really hope Melissa does another series. It’s so calming and relaxing and I love that each time she starts off by asking ‘how are you doing?’ Just love everything about this and thoroughly recommend it.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • Therapy for the soul

    This podcast was originally released during the covid lockdown in the UK. I listened to it during 2020 and have listened to it every year since. It’s seen me through some tough times and inspired me to look at my local area in a new light. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom10 months ago
  • This is a low key zen masterpiece. It's England at its best in your ears, pure, casually intellectual, countryside lover meditation material. Ecology porn. An over night Yoga head's commodity. A modestly beautiful and understated work in which the rural vibe is effortlessly curated to an ASMR standard of enjoyment whilst being genuinely interesting at the same time. Is/was it hard for Melissa to be this horizontal and yet so focused? Did it take planning to be so nonchalantly brilliant? Or is th... more

    Captain Al
    a year ago
  • My favorite podcast of all time, hands down. The gentle storytelling and appreciation of the natural world are balms to the soul.

    Terri Riendeau
    a year ago

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