Listen – Culture File: Alys Fowler’s Letters to a Beekeeper

gardener and journalist

Alys foraging at LitFest 2013

To paraphrase the Lorax, Alys Fowler ‘speaks for the bees.’

She was at the Ballymaloe Litfest in May, talking about self-funding her latest book Letters to a Beekeeper through internet publisher Unbound. It’s a series of communications between urban beekeeper Steve Benbow and gardener Alys, a meditation and celebration of lives spent outdoors, amidst the bees, other pollinating insects and disregarded bugs.

Through Unbound, Alys was able to harness the power of the hive, show how individuals working together can collectively make something bigger and better – just like the bees do.

Her apicultural love letter of a book has now been fully funded but you can still sign up for your own little piece of the hive at

Alys also features in this lovely film celebrating the honey bee which was made by John and Sally McKenna for the Irish Food Channel at last year’s Ballymaloe Lifest.



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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