Dara McAnulty is the teenage author, of ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’, 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 has received huge critical acclaim and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, won The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing 2020 and Book of the Year: Non-Fiction Narrative at the British Book Awards - 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 and the Books Are My Bag readers awards for non-fiction 2020. The book was also shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 and was chosen as a Waterstones Paperback of the Year 2021.
In July 2021, Dara’s first children’s book was published by Macmillan. 'Wild Child' is an immersive and joyful interactive reading experience for children, encouraging them to get outside and explore the nature around them. Dara discussed this during his appearance on CBBC Book Club. He is currently working on his next book for adults and writing a second book for children.
Dara is a prolific environmental campaigner and has worked with Chris Packham, The RSPB, The National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and The Jane Goodall Institute.
Dara writes a regular column for the Irish Times and has been commissioned by BBC Radio Ulster to write and broadcast for radio. He is one of BBC Countryfile’s four ‘Young Naturalists’ and has made four films alongside the show, 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.