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.
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.
Going from strength to strength, well done!
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).
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester.