Dan Richards discusses preparing for unexpected meetings with bears in this audio extract from Outpost.

The first step on the road to change is to imagine possibility. In Imagine a Country, Val McDermid and Jo Sharp have asked almost 100 contributors to imagine their dream country. From comedians to economists, writers to musicians, they’ve gathered an astonishing array of Scottish voices to present their vision for the future. In the special virtual Aye Write event, Val and Jo are joined by contributors Chris Brookmyre, Jackie Kay, Phil Jupitus, Stuart Cosgrove, Bill Sweeney and Louise Welsh, who each share their vision for a hopeful future.

Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

Alice Vincent’s life fell apart in her mid-twenties. Uprooted & heartbroken, living out of a suitcase in London, she sought out the nurturing power of plants to find her feet in a world spinning far too fast. Rootbound: Rewilding a Life is out on Thursday.