In the last five years, James Rebanks went from unknown rural shepherd to international phenomenon. Initially with his popular Twitter account - @herdyshepherd1 - and then with his critically acclaimed, and bestselling, memoir The Shepherd’s Life, he documented the unique pastoral farming system of the Lake District that has now contributed to the Lake District 2017 World Heritage Site status. James lives and works around Penrith in the Lake District, in the valleys and fells his family has farmed for more than 600 years. He was one of thirty people nominated in The Sunday Times 2018 Alternative Rich List: “In the frantic modern world, he is not only doing a deeply satisfying and meaningful job, which has been needed for generations, he is also campaigning to protect the land he loves and works on.”
James will be talking from a farmer's perspective on the ethics, responsibility and sustainability challenges that we all now face.
This free Open Lecture is hosted jointly by IFLAS (Institute for Leadership and Sustainability) and CNPPA (Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas).
Registration is via email on a 'first-come-first-served' basis, and given that we expect this event to be oversubscribed, we will need names (and preferably email addresses) of every attendee. Registrations will close when all places are taken.