The story of seabirds - the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire from one of our greatest nature writers.
Seabirds have always entranced the human imagination and Adam Nicolson has been in love with them all his life: for their mastery of wind and ocean, their aerial beauty and the unmatched wildness of the coasts and islands where every summer they return to breed.
Over the last couple of decades, modern science has begun to understand them: their epic voyages, their astonising abilities to navigate for tens of thousands of miles on a featureless sea, their ability to smell their way towards fish and home. Poets in the past would have thought of seabirds as creatures riding the ripples and currents of the planet, but that is what the scientists are seeing now too.
In ten chapters, each dedicated to a different bird, and each beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, The Seabird's Cry travels the ocean paths along with them, looking at the way they survive and thrive in the most demanding environment on earth. Adam Nicolson pursues birds from the Hebridean Islands, Orkney, Shetland, the Faroes, across the Atlantic, the west coast of Ireland, Iceland and Norway, to the eastern seaboard of Maine, Newfoundland, the Falklands, South Georgia, the Canaries and Azores, reaching out across the world's oceans.
Adam Nicolson is the son of writer Nigel Nicolson and grandson of the writers Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. He is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment and the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
Thursday 19th October 7.00pm
Dorset County Museum
Going from strength to strength, well done!
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.