Talking About Birds: Tim Birkhead & Paul Farley
Friday 19th March 7:30pm
Two writers who both have had a lifelong fascination with birds – Sheffield University professor Tim Birkhead and prize-winning poet Paul Farley – talk about what got them into bird-watching and why bird’s continue to be central to their work. Tim Birkhead is renowned for his many fascinating and beautifully written books about birds, while leading poet Paul Farley’s latest collection has birds at its heart.
The event is supported by the RSPB and will be introduced (with a short film) by Jon Carter, visitor manager at RSPB Leighton Moss bird reserve.
Calling all bird watchers aged 11-16!
Here’s your chance to win a special guided tour of Leighton Moss once lockdown ends.
To enter, please submit a page of writing and a drawing about your favourite bird and tell us about the first time you spotted it, or about an amazing encounter: perhaps when you came face to face with a sparrow or a sparrow hawk, a pigeon or a swan – or any of the amazing birds around us – and what you noticed and what you felt and thought.
The winners will need to be accompanied on the day by a parent or guardian.
Submissions by email to Bill Swainson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Litfest address
Paul Farley has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Mizzy. A frequent presenter on BBC Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber, he has received numerous awards including Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Whitbread Poetry Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. He lives in Lancaster.
Tim Birkhead’s many books include The Wisdom of Birds (2008); Bird Sense (2011), which was the Guardian’s and the Independent’s Natural History Book of the Year; and The Most Perfect Thing: Inside and Outside a Bird’s Egg (2016), winner of the Zoological Society of London’s Communicating Zoology Award in 2016. He lives in Sheffield.
Jonathan Carter grew up on Morecambe Bay where he developed an early interest in the region’s birdlife. He first visited Leighton Moss as an 11-year-old and fell in love with the reserve’s vast wetland landscape. He began working for the RSPB following his return from Canada in 2011. He is currently Visitor Experience Manager at Leighton Moss.