Launch of Feral Borough

Thursday 24 November 2022
8.30pm - 9.30pm
Online via Zoom

Join indie publisher Penned in the Margins for the online launch of Meryl Pugh’s non-fiction debut, Feral Borough.

Set in the urban pastoral of an East London postcode, Feral Borough asks what it means to call a place home, and how best to share that home with its non-human inhabitants.

Meryl Pugh reimagines the wild as ‘feral’, recording the fauna and flora of Leytonstone in prose as incisive as it is lyrical. Here, on the edge of the city, red kite and parakeets thrive alongside bluebell and yarrow, a muntjac deer is glimpsed in the undergrowth, and an escaped boa constrictor appears on the High Road.

In this subtle, captivating book – part herbarium, part bestiary and part memoir – Pugh explores the effects of loss, and lockdown, on human well-being, conjuring the local urban environment as a site for healing and connection.

This online launch will be hosted by Penned in the Margins Director Tom Chivers, with readings by the author and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

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