McAnulty says: ‘I was diagnosed with Aspergers/autism aged five ... By age seven, I knew I was very different, I had gotten used to the isolation, my inability to break through into the world of talking about football or Minecraft was not tolerated. Then came the bullying. Nature became so much more than an escape; it became a life-support system.’
In 2017 McAnulty was awarded the Unsprung Hero and Birdwatch magazine’s Local Hero awards. In 2018 he became an ambassador for RSPCA and the #iwill campaign.
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris.
Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award.
Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC.
For ages 12+
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