Meet the Judges

Madeleine Bunting
Madeleine Bunting © Howard Sooley

Madeleine Bunting (Chair of Judges)

Madeleine Bunting is an award winning British author. She has written six books of non-fiction including the best selling Love of Country, A Hebridean Journey, which was shortlisted for the Wainwright and Saltire Prizes. Her first novel, Island Song, won the Waverton Good Read Award in 2020, and was followed in 2022 by Ceremony of Innocence.

She is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, held a visiting fellowship at Manchester University 2016-19 and received an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and a Lambeth MA degree. A recipient of multiple awards for writing across her career both as a Guardian journalist and author, she now lives near Stroud, Gloucestershire with her family and a demanding vegetable garden.

Nicola Chester
Nicola Chester

Nicola Chester

Nicola is a lifelong campaigner for nature, a writer and columnist for Countryfile Magazine, the RSPB and is a Guardian Country Diarist. She is the author of the award winning memoir, On Gallows Down, Place, Protest and Belonging and is also a Secondary School Librarian. An avid reader, she believes in the power of words and story to change things.

Andy Fryers
Andy Fryers © Paul Musso

Andy Fryers

Andy Fryers joined the Forestry Commission, in 1993, later becoming the Chief Ranger of the Forest of Dean, before becoming Recreation and Interpretation Advisor for Wales. In 2007, he joined Hay Festival as Sustainability Director, having worked in a voluntary capacity for the Festival since 1995. He provides advice and support about sustainable management and Since 2008 he has run a consultancy, EqualState, which undertakes sustainability related projects in the UK and abroad.

He lives just outside Hay-on-Wye on a small-holding with his wife and son where he grows vegetables for the slugs and chickens for the foxes.

David Lindo
David Lindo © Marie Jacquemin

David Lindo

David is a naturalist, writer, broadcaster, speaker, photographer, wildlife tour leader and educationist.

Also known as The Urban Birder, David encourages people in towns and cities to get connected to nature through his TV appearances, talks and articles.

Interested in Natural History and in particular birds before he could walk, David now travels the world telling people about the amazing urban wildlife that’s on their doorsteps.

Tori Tsui
Tori Tsui

Tori Tsui

Tori Tsui is a Bristol-based climate activist, author of It’s Not Just You (‘The world is in desperate need of this book’ – Greta Thunberg), speaker and consultant from Hong Kong. She is the co-founder of the space Bad Activist Collective and a member of the climate coalition Unite For Climate Action. Prior to this she sailed across the Atlantic with the think tank Sail to the COP, she was sponsored by Stella McCartney after being named an agent of change. Her work centres around climate justice, making sure that climate policy, action and organising is intersectional, inclusive and transformative. Alongside organising, she is an advisory board member of the Earth Percent group, Climate Resilience Project and a strategist with Hero Circle.