12 Birds to Save Your Life: Nature's Lessons in Happiness

12 Birds to Save Your Life: Nature's Lessons in Happiness

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Hungerford Hub

Church Street


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Find solace, hope and happiness through 12 fascinating birds whose song is never far away - join Charlie Corbett as he tells us how.

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Can you recognise the cheerful chirrups of the house sparrow? A song thrush singing out at winter's darkest hour? Or the beautiful haunting call of the curlew?At a time of great anxiety and uncertainty, while coping with the untimely death of his mother, Charlie Corbett realised his perspective on life was slipping. In a moment of despair, he found himself lying on the side of a hill in the rain, alone with his thoughts. Suddenly he hears the song of a skylark - that soaring, tinkling, joyous sound echoing through the air above - and he is transported away from his dark thoughts.

Grounded by the beauty of nature, perspective dawns. No longer the leading role in his own private melodrama, merely a bit part in nature's great epic. Through twelve characterful birds, Charlie shows us there is joy to be found if we know where to look, and how to listen.

From solitary skylarks to squabbling sparrows, he explores the place of these birds in our history, culture and landscape, noting what they look like and where you're most likely to meet them. By reconnecting with the wildlife all around him and learning to move with the rhythms of the natural world, Charlie discovered nature's powerful ability to heal.

In this talk as part of the Well Read Mind series in conjunction with Hungerford Hub, Charlie will inspire you to get out and walk - spotting and listening to birds along the way - and share his motivation for writing the book and how birds have the power to heal us.

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