Jini Reddy

Freelance Writer

 

News, reflections and random sharing

 

12  December, 2016

WILD TIMES news!

So it has been two months since WILD TIMES was published and i'm grateful for all the support it has received: the  Weekend supplement of Saturday's Daily Telegraph ran an extract ,  the Metro featured a double-page spread and the book was mentioned in the Guardian's travel pages.BBC Wildlife magazine made me their  'Author of the Month' in their October issue, Easyjet Traveller magazine put the book on their page two (one of the editor's picks for the month),  It was featured in Countryfile and Coast (in online editions of those magazines) and Landlove . The wonderful Earthlines magazine generously ran a four-page extract and The Countryman reviewed it (to run in January). The book was reviewed in Adventure Travel Magazine, got a mention in Kindred Spirit magazine, and the Wildlife Trusts and John Muir Trust highlighted it in their member's magazines ( the latter kindly reviewed it). BBC Travel & BBC Britain ran an extract on their sites. The book was featured in various blogs too: in Green Traveller, Wild Network, Project Dirt, and the new sustainable lifestyle (digital) magazine Pebble.  Oh, and the folks at Caught By the River ran a reader competiton around Wild Times. It was also reviewed in regional press and my local Wimbledon Time and Leisure magazine. Thank you all!

The biggest highlight for me, though, was the magical book 'celebration' I hosted at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery on Conway Street - Rebecca is one of the trustees of Resurgence&The Ecologist magazine. WHAT a night! I nearly ran aground planning it all, but oh, it was so worth it. I will treasure it forever.  A hundred wonderful, enthusiastic people came and filled what is a stunning space with their wonderful enthusiasm.  Wine was quaffed (thank you Vintage Roots!),  canapes nibbled, the striking artwork on the walls admired, the roof garden visited and environmentalist  Jonathon Porritt graciously came and spoke as did my publisher Adrian Phillips,  from Bradt. And  I spent all night signing books. It really was a special occasion! 

I also enjoyed attending the Nature Connections Festival in Derby in September. I gave a talk about the inspiration behind the book, and both TV naturalist Chris Packham and Fergus Beeley - a former BBC series producer for  'Planet Earth' who has worked with Sir David Attenborough, and who now runs his own nature connection retreats came along. I was pretty nervous and my throat dried up (eek!). Fergus was the very first person to buy a copy of my book, for which, thank you Fergus! At a dinner the night before Chris Packham  gave me an impromptu 'tutorial' on book signing. I'd actually 'helped' him - not that he needed my help - to judge a 'nature connections' themed photo competition at the festival the year before and it was wonderful to meet him again. I've found him to be very kind and courteous and charming as well as being a passionate campaigner for animal rights.

In June, I spoke at a conference on diversity in nature in Bristol on a panel with, among others, former Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment Kerry McCarthy. It was chaired by Stephen Moss, the naturalist, author and broadcaster.

PS Here is some of the lovely feedback Wild Times has received:

'A wonderfully quirky and imaginative series of wild encounters, guaranteed to put you back in touch with nature.' - Stephen Moss, naturalist, author and BBC broadcaster

'Jini's passion for the outdoors and her desire to connect on a more meaningful and deeper level shines through every page of the book and it's an infectious quality' - Adventure Travel Magazine

Amazing places, amazing people, all animated by a love of the natural world, and captured so creatively by Jini Reddy's powers of empathy and insightful observation.'- Jonathon Porritt

''Inspiring and practical - a rare combination. I can't wait to venture out and explore.' - Melissa Harrison, novelist, nature writer and The Times Nature Notes columnist.

'So many rare experiences are made accessible in this fantastic book' - Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator and New York Times bestselling author

'Jini's soul is in nature and she writes beautifully'- Fergus Beeley, series producer of BBC's Planet Earth

'Wild experiences brought to life with imagination and insight.' - John Muir Trust

 

 

"Inspiring and practical - a rare combination. I can't wait to venture out and explore!"
Melissa Harrison, nature writer, author and Times Nature Notebook columnist

"So many rare experiences are made accessible in this fantastic book."
Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator and New York Times bestselling author

"Jini Reddy's soul is in nature and she writes beautifully."
Fergus Beeley, series producer for BBC's Planet Earth

"Jini's passion for the outdoors and her desire to connect on a more meaningful and deeper level shines through every page of the book and it's an infectious quality."
Adventure Travel magazine

"....wild experiences brought to life with imagination and insight."
John Muir Trust - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/shop/wild-times-pb.html#sthash.sUHGIeZV.dpuf
"Inspiring and practical - a rare combination. I can't wait to venture out and explore!"
Melissa Harrison, nature writer, author and Times Nature Notebook columnist

"So many rare experiences are made accessible in this fantastic book."
Tristan Gooley, The Natural Navigator and New York Times bestselling author

"Jini Reddy's soul is in nature and she writes beautifully."
Fergus Beeley, series producer for BBC's Planet Earth

"Jini's passion for the outdoors and her desire to connect on a more meaningful and deeper level shines through every page of the book and it's an infectious quality."
Adventure Travel magazine

"....wild experiences brought to life with imagination and insight."
John Muir Trust - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/shop/wild-times-pb.html#sthash.sUHGIeZV.dpuf

 

25 March, 2015
 

GREETINGS!


i'm joining the ranks of 'slow bloggers' with a blog about a blog (stay with me.)  I was thrilled and delighted to be interviewed by Sarah Sabboobeh, a lovely graduate student at my alma mater, the wonderful McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. She got in touch after she'd read an article i'd written on the sharing economy. You can read her blog with the interview here