*Tim Dee replaces Philip Hoare in this event, this is a change to the printed programme
The best contemporary ‘nature’ writing is taking us well beyond human perspectives. Nowhere is this clearer than in the skies above, where birds - their behaviour, communities and of course their remarkable migrations - offer enduring inspiration to our earthbound experience. Helen Macdonald and Tim Dee reveal their profound empathy with these remarkable creatures, in a fascinating conversation that moves beyond bird-watching towards bird-being.
Helen Macdonald is the author of the internationally successful book H is for Hawk. A New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, it was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College Cambridge and has worked as a professional falconer as well as assisting with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She is the author of Falcon, a cultural history of falcons, and the collection of poetry Shalers Fish. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.
Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer. He is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, which was published in 2009. His latest book is Four Fields. It is, not surprisingly, about four fields. One is in the Cambridgeshire fens, the others are on an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. He has been a BBC radio producer for 27 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4. Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar. When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens. He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls. He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.