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
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.
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
sure your festival will go from strength to strength….
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map