British journalist and nature writer Anita Sethi will host a special talk about her book ‘I Belong Here: A journey along the Backbone of Britain’ as part of the Sangam Festival programme of events.

The event, which has been organised in partnership with Huddersfield Literature Festival, will take place at Marsden Mechanics on Sunday August 7 at 3pm.

Anita – who has been described as a ‘refreshing new voice in nature writing’ – was inspired to write the book following a race-hate crime which left her with panic attacks and anxiety. Anita longed for wide open spaces and in a bid to reclaim her right to belong, she embarked on a journey across the Pennines.

‘I Belong Here’ was also shortlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize and won the 2021 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-fiction.

Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Huddersfield Literature Festival on this event and we’re all looking forward to welcoming Anita to Kirklees as part of the festival next month.

“It promises to be an unmissable talk and a unique opportunity to find out first-hand about what inspired her for the story and what she learned along the way.

“The Marsden Mechanics is without doubt such a fitting venue to host the event as she talks about how the countryside became her retreat and ultimate healing power.”

Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) and can be purchased online on the Marsden Mechanics website – CLICK HERE