Dara McAnulty is the teenage author, of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’ (Little Toller Books May 2020), his critically acclaimed debut work of non-fiction. Written in poetic prose, his diary explores his deep relationship with nature alongside campaigning work and the everyday challenges and joys of being autistic. It was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, won The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing 2020 - making Dara the youngest ever winner of a major literary prize. Other awards include The An Post Irish Book Award for newcomer of the year 2020, Books Are My Bag readers awards for non-fiction 2020 and he was also shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020. He is currently writing a nature book for children and working on his next book for adults.
Dara is a prolific environmental campaigner and has worked with Chris Packham, The RSPB, National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and The Jane Goodall Institute.
Dara has been commissioned by BBC Radio Ulster to write and broadcast for radio and he is one of BBC Countryfile’s four ‘Young Naturalists’ and has made two films alongside, highlighting his love for nature and his writing.
He is in high demand for conferences and events which focus on the challenges our world faces, in its disconnection from nature. The youngest ever recipient of the RSPB Medal for conservation, Dara has received awards from 10 Downing Street and BBC Springwatch for his work.