15th June 2014

Links & Resources

Archival Material

The Roger Deakin Archive at the University of East Anglia


Essays about Roger Deakin

The House that Roger Built 
Photo Essay about Walnut Tree Farm by the photojournalist Justyn Partyka.


Writings about Roger Deakin 

The Wild Places, Robert Macfarlane, Granta Books, 2008
A beautiful and lyrical account of Macfarlane’s search for the ‘wildness’ that remains. Macfarlane was a close friend of Deakin’s (Deakin was godfather to Macfarlane’s daughter) and the book is haunted by the presence of Deakin.

Holloway, Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards, Quive-Smith Editions (2012)

In July 2005, Robert Macfarlane & Roger Deakin travelled to explore the holloways of South Dorset’s sandstone. They found their way into a landscape of shadows, spectres and great strangeness. Six years later, after Deakin’s early death, Macfarlane returned to the Holloway with artist Stanley Donwood & writer Dan Richards.

Under a Broad Sky, Ronald Blythe, Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2013
Section on Roger Deakin, who was a good friend of Blythe’s

Caught by the River Friends and fans of the late Roger Deakin gathered at the Corn Hall in Diss in February 2013 to celebrate his work in the month of what would have been his 70th birthday – report by Bob Jellicoe


Tributes and Obituaries

The Guardian -Roger Deakin: Writer and film-maker, he connected with the British landscape by swimming across it

Robert Macfarlane on the life and work of an extraordinary friend

The Independent – Writer and broadcaster whose ‘Waterlog’ recounted his journey swimming ‘wild’ through Britain

The Telegraph


Charities and Organisations Close to Deakin’s Heart

Common Ground 
Deakin was was a founder-director, with Angela King and Sue Clifford, of Common Ground, the arts/environmental charity.

Friends of the Earth
In 1978 he joined the staff of Friends of the Earth(1978-82) planning campaigns, editing and co-writing publications, and managing press relations and media strategy.



BBC Radio 4

The House A unique sound portrait of life in Walnut Tree Farm – Deakin’s timber-framed house in Suffolk.

The GardenRoger Deakin presents an intimate portrait of the changing character of his garden as the seasons unfold.

Cigarette on the Waveney  – Roger Deakin glides quietly amongst the moorhens as he paddles his canoe, Cigarette, through the shallows of the River Waveney to discover the sounds of the river and its wildlife.


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