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The Gold Rush continues

Jim Richards appeared on BBC World Service Outlook yesterday to talk about Gold Rush.


Listen again here at 33’27.

His events around the country continue, with the Geological Society North West‘s event last night at Manchester University, where he was grilled by some very keen post-graduates. Events at Swansea, Conwy and the Natural History Museum in London are still to come.

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If Women Rose Rooted in paperback

If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie is now published in paperback. The new edition comes with a wonderful review in SageWoman:

‘Destined to become a classic . . . Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart of the land and of our own souls. Recommended.’

Sithearan NicLeoid (Sharon Paice Macleod)


Read an excerpt: If Women Rose Rooted – sample chapter.


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The rush for Gold Rush!

On Monday 7 November, Gold Rush by Jim Richards hits the shelves. The story of how he – literally – found then lost and then made a fortune, Jim’s obsession with gold mining began as a young boy in Wales, and it led him to Guyana, Laos and Australia among many other places. His poster campaign on London’s tubes and train station has started today!


Jim’s first appearance is on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Saturday 5th), an interview is also appearing in tomorrow’s Telegraph, and in the afternoon he is appearing at UCL’s Festival of Geology.

Coming up, Jim will be on Midweek on Wednesday 9th. You can also catch Jim in person at his talks in Manchester, Ribblesdale, Conwy, Swansea and Sidcup.

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The official guide to London’s blue plaques arrives

To celebrate the publication of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques, we teamed up with Stanfords bookshop and English Heritage for two expert-guided Blue Plaque Walking Tours.

On Tuesday 25th, Blue Badge Guide Sally Campbell toured Covent Garden, and on the publication day, Thursday 27th, English Heritage historian and editor of the book, Howard Spencer led the tour around Bloomsbury.


(Photo: @StanfordsTravel)

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Events – The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques walking tours

It is just a couple of weeks until The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques is published. To celebrate, Stanfords bookshop on Long Acre has organised two expert-guided walking tours:

Tuesday 25th October: A Blue Plaque Tour of Covent Garden
Explore the haunts of Covent Garden’s past occupants, including revolutionaries, artists, master craftsmen and Victorian opium fiends – led by London Blue Badge Guide, Sophie Campbell

Thursday 27th October: A Blue Plaque Tour of Bloomsbury
Discover the buildings where great thinkers and inspirational pioneers lived and worked, in the heart of Bloomsbury – led by Howard Spencer, Blue Plaques historian and editor of the book

Book here.

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Myth and story as an act of place-making

‘Connection comes by showing up. By putting yourself in the same place over and over again. By allowing it to know you as you come to know it. Connection is about falling in love with the world, and at the same time, letting it fall in love with you. Connection isn’t just one-way.’

Here you can listen to the talk Sharon Blackie gave at Nature Matters 2016.