Roger Morgan-Grenville in conversation with Mike Drummond Smith
We are thrilled that Roger Morgan-Grenville has agreed to return to Mere again this year with his new novel ‘Taking Stock’.
Since highland cattle ransacked his grandmother’s vegetable patch when he was six, Roger Morgan-Grenville has been fascinated by cows.
So at the age of 61, with no farming experience, he signed on as a part- time labourer on a beef cattle farm to tell their side of the story. The result is this lyrical and evocative book.
For 10,000 years, cow and human lives have been intertwined. Cattle have existed alongside us, fed and shod us, quenched our thirst and provided a thousand other tiny services. Yet most of us know so little about them. We are also blissfully unaware of the de-natured lives we often ask them to lead.
Part history, part adventure and part unsentimental manifesto for how we should treat cows in the 21st century, ‘Taking Stock’ asks us to think carefully about what we eat and to allow nature back into food production.
Date and Time
14 October 2022 at 4:00 pm
Tickets for this talk will be available 11 August for Friends of the Festival, general sale will be available 18 August 2022.
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