The Women Who Saved (and Made) the English Countryside About this event Northumberland Libraries and Hexham Book Festival are delighted to bring together two locally based authors to talk about their new books in a special collaboration as part of Local History Month. Well known local poet Linda France will introduce her new book The Knucklebone Floor which is partly a verse biography of Susan Davidson (1796–1877), who spent thirty years landscaping and developing the grounds of Allen Banks in Northumberland, including woodland, paths, rustic bridges and a summer house with a knucklebone floor. It is also a book about boundaries and wilderness, fragility and resilience, flora and fauna, people and places, then and now, women and men, the human world and the natural world. Matthew Kelly, Professor of environmental history at Northumbria University will be talking about his book The Women Who Saved the English Countryside - a vibrant history of English landscape preservation over the last 150 years, told through the lives of four remarkable women: Beatrix Potter, Octavia Hill, Pauline Dower and Sylvia Sayer. From London to the Lake District, Northumberland, and Dartmoor, these women protected the English landscape at a crucial period through a mixture of environmental activism, networking, and sheer determination. Refreshments will be available and copies of the books will be on sale for signing by the authors. To book click here and you'll be taken to The Library's eventbrite page Booking for this event has now closed.