When leading river conservationist Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill straddling a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters... Yet move in they did and, immersing himself in their daily routines and movements, he was able to observe them at close quarters and develop an extraordinarily close relationship with the family.
Cooper interweaves the personal story of the female otter, Kuschta, with the natural history of the otter in the British Isles. Following in the footsteps of Henry Williamson’s 1920s classic Tarka the Otter, he brings these fascinating creatures to life in all their wondrous complexity as readers are taken on a journey through the calendar year and learn the most intimate details of this most beautiful of British mammals.
Saturday 21st October at 10.00am.
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!
We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
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'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!