Fate of the Badger interview. 

A little gentle arm twisting got me into doing this interview with the actress Emma Powell for my book The Fate of The Badger !  I'm happy to promote it of course because the story it tells is both intriguing and scandalous. Moreover, it is immensely important for wildlife conservation in the UK because we do not have much big 'real' wildlife left.  Therefore the hope is that my 'performance' does not put you off. For this vile and futile unscientific badger slaughter must stop.


Went to see this film at my lovely local Arts Centre. It was a pleasant concoction. If you hadn't been told it was about the artist Paul Gauguin on Tahiti and came to it cold, you might be excused for thinking it was just another love(-triangle but not really) drama set in an exotic location, bearing as little resemblance to the life of a painter (of static images) as only a cinematographer could make. It deals just with Paul Gauguin's first visit to Polynesia (you'll be amazed his health stood up to a second!).

I had the honour of being Artist in Residence for two weeks (June 12-23) at National Trust's magical Bucks Mills Cabin on the North Devon coast.

Bucks Mills residency

Because of the government sponsored slaughter of badgers here is
The Fate of the Badger newly told
Grisly exhumations 30 years old
From Chapter 2, 'The Killer Disease' (p.13)
The following extract (remember, written over 30 years ago) is about a time when badgers had never been thought of, let alone killed, as a way of controlling bTB in cattle.

Pleased to have participated in North Devon Art Trek (September) showing (Un)Still Lifes at The Plough.

Sweetpeas in a blue coffee pot