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 4.00pm
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
I felt truly privileged to be able to enjoy so many events in your excellent programme...quite sumptuous! Had I been able to, I would have booked every event!
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).