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Flying off the Page: Birds in Literature, Victorian Era to the Present
Thu 8 June 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
The evening will explore how birds have been imagined in British literature from the Victorian age to the present.
Will Abberley, lecturer in English at the University of Sussex, will give a talk on how Victorian ornithologists like Edward Booth used techniques of storytelling to document bird behaviour, and what their anecdotes of hunting and watching birds tell us about how people imagined the relationship between humans and the natural world in the past.
Nicholas Royle, Professor of English at the University of Sussex, will then read from his new novel An English Guide to Birdwatching.