Wendell Berry: The Natural World

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the American writer, poet and farmer Wendell Berry. In his latest collection of essays, The World-Ending Fire, Berry speaks out against the degradation of the earth and the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, while evoking the awe he feels as he walks the land in his native Kentucky.

His challenge to the false call of progress and the American Dream is echoed in the writing of Paul Kingsnorth, whose book Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist eschews the grand narrative of a global green movement to focus on what matters - the small plot of land beneath his feet.

Kate Raworth calls herself a renegade economist and, like Berry and Kingsnorth, challenges orthodox thinking, as she points to new ways to understand the global economy which take into consideration human prosperity and ecological sustainability.

Producer: Katy Hickman

Image: Wendell Berry Photographer: James Baker Hall.

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Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is an essayist, poet, novelist and farmer.

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry is published by Allen Lane  

Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth is an environmentalist and poet.

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist is published by Faber & Faber

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth is an economist.

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist is published by Random House Business


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Marr
Interviewed GuestWendell Berry
Interviewed GuestPaul Kingsnorth
Interviewed GuestKate Raworth
ProducerKaty Hickman