I am Vybarr Cregan-Reid. I am a writer and academic, based in London. I’ve written several pieces for the nationals, read my work on BBC Radio Four, and been interviewed on several national radio stations about it, too.

My most recent book on running and the environment has been published in the UK and the US. It is called ‘Footnotes – How Running Makes us Human.’ It recounts a number of the adventures that I had while I was out on the run, and also about what running can tell us about the way we live now. I work as a Reader in English & Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Kent where I won the ‘Best Teacher’ award in 2015.

I’m currently working on my next book, Primate Change: how the world we’ve made is remaking us, it will be published in September 2018. It is about all the changes that modern life has made to our bodies, particularly those influenced by our soon-to-be-declared geological epoch, the Anthropocene.



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  1. Ian clements says:

    I have just read your book footnotes and I would just like to say I found it inspiring . It is just about the best book on running I have read. I came to running later in life , in my fifties and it has become almost a religion for me ! I also am a part time barefoot runner and so many of the ideas in your book rang true. I grew up in dorset and was an avid reader of hardy in my late teens, an interest which you have rekindled. I now live in east Devon and work as a gardener and also as a teacher of the Alexander technique, with a particular interest in helping people apply the technique to their running. If you are ever down this way (I know Helen Gibson who runs the Thomas hardy archive at Dorchester museum and she said you had visited the archive) , please make contact, there is some truly spectacular running scenery here. p.s. we have stared doing b & b this summer if you wanted somewhere to stay , Anyhow thanks for a fantastic , thought provoking book. Ian


  2. Daniel Hales says:

    Some old friends of my wife who are now new friends of mine came to visit just before I went in for an operation on my spine. We talked about running and they sent me your book which I have enjoyed while recuperating. It will be a while before I will be running again and I miss it very much. Like most people I have a busy life and three young children and I often joke and call it ‘running away ‘. I had tears in my eyes when I read your account of your marathon. It brought my marathon day straight back to me. I am also completely baffled by treadmill running . Your book will keep me going for a bit, I cannot wait to run! If you fancy a run in cornwall some time I know some good ones down here. Take care. Daniel Hales


  3. Jim Kirby says:

    Just finished Footnotes. What a joy it was to read. Of all the books I’ve read over the years, I have never said to myself, if I were a writer, this is the book I would pen. This is no longer the case now that I have read your book, which takes in all of my interests: running, fitness, health, literature, history, and the great outdoors. Like you, my running has taken many forms over the years. But at the age of 65, I now run almost exclusively natural surface trails. What freedom! I often fancy myself Hawkeye in the movie version of Last of the Mohicans, running through the forest with purpose and grace. Reading your book is like reading philosophy. Much of what you write about I instinctively know. Your writing brings that intuitive knowledge to the forefront in a fascinating and lyrical way. Thank you.

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