The Nightingale: Notes on a songbird by Sam Lee (£13)
Throughout history, its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Korea. Conservationist, renowned musician and folk expert Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale, revealing in beautiful detail the bird’s song, characteristics and migration, as well as the environmental issues that threaten it.
Singing Like Larks by
Singing Like Larks opens a rare window onto the ancient song traditions of the British Isles, interweaving mesmerising lyrics, folklore and colourful nature writing to uncover the remarkable relationship between birds and traditional folk music. It’s an account of one young nature writer’s journey into the world of folk music, and a joyous celebration of song, the seasons, and our love of birds.
In Search of One Last Song by Patrick Galbraith (£10)
In this beautiful and thought-provoking blend of nature and travel writing, Patrick Galbraith sets off across Britain on a journey that may well be his last chance to see some of our disappearing birds. A story about going in search of the people who are trying to save our birds, as well as confronting the enormity of what losing them would really mean.
George : A Magpie Memoir by Frieda Hughes (£17)
Frieda Hughes rescued a baby magpie, the sole survivor of a nest destroyed in a storm – and embarked on an obsession that would change the course of her life. As the magpie, George, grows from a shrieking scrap of feathers and bones into an intelligent, unruly companion, Frieda finds herself captivated – and apprehensive of what will happen when the time comes to finally set him free.
Join us for an illustrated talk with author Jon Woolcott
Listen to Jon and his personal, detailed and idiosyncratic look at Dorset, at the subversion, rebellion, revolt, wealth, poverty and ghosts which lie behind
the tourist-friendly façade
22nd June, 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Winstone’s, Sherborne
Tickets £2 (including a complimentary glass of wine!)