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.
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
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.
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!
Going from strength to strength, well done!
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...