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William Condry Memorial Lecture - 06/10/2011

The 2011 William Condry Memorial Lecture on a natural-history or nature-writing theme returns to its original 2008 format of the event being held on a weekday evening at The Tabernacle/MOMA.

Paul Evans will be delivering this year's William Condry Memorial Lecture on the theme of A Naturalist and his Own Square Mile at The Tabernacle/MOMA in Machynlleth on 6th October, starting at 7 p.m. The lecture will be preceded by a showing of Liz Fleming-Williamsí and Simon Frazerís still-film Gwesyn, about Drygarn Fawr and the Afon Gwesyn. Tickets will be £5.00 on the door.

Paul Evans is a Guardian Country Diarist, presenter of BBC Radio Four wildlife programmes, and as well as being a writer and broadcaster he runs the travel and nature writing course at Bath Spa University. He writes with intimate knowledge, exact observation and an extraordinary lyrical grace about his home environment of Wenlock Edge in Shropshire and is widely acknowledged as one of the best nature-writers in Britain.

The idea for an annual lecture to commemorate the life and work of William Moreton Condry (1918-1998) was originally mooted shortly after his death by his good friend and frequent companion on ornithological trips, the great Anglo-Welsh poet R.S. Thomas.

William Condry was synonymous with Wales. Deeply committed to conservation, he was part of the early efforts to preserve the Red Kite. Probably most widely known for his nature diaries, he contributed regularly to The Guardian's Country Diary between 1957 and 1998. His first book was a biography of Thoreau (1954) and his Welsh Country Essays (1996) is a classic tribute to the beauty of the Welsh landscape.

A website www.thecondrylecture.co.uk with further details about the event and an archive of previous lectures will be online very soon.

Photo: Wiliam Condry on Ynys Enlli. © Peter Hope Jones

Location: The Tabernacle/MOMA Wales, Machynlleth. Tickets £5.00 on the door. Start 7.00 p.m.

Organiser Email: info@condrylecture.co.uk

More Info: www.thecondrylecture.co.uk

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