10:30 am - 11:30 am - Playhouse, Pateley Bridge
Miriam Darlington – Owl Sense
Author of the much loved Otter Country, Miriam Darlington, brings a ‘sprinkling of enchantment’ to NiddFest. Her acclaimed Owl Sense was picked by the Guardian as one of 2018’s top nature books. A Sunday Times bestseller, it was serialised by BBC Radio as Book of the Week.
J K Rowling popularised a cute image of owls as magical messengers, but owls have inspired myths and stories for millennia; Miriam reclaims the real predator. She travelled across Europe tracking native species. Their eerie cries have haunted the skies of this planet for 60m years. Researching the book, Miriam’s son fell seriously ill, and she powerfully combines ornithology with her personal story. Like these ancient roaming raptors, “we belong to a fragile, fragmented world.”
Achingly beautiful, prepare to be inspired: “Unlike us they live in instinctive harmony with the planet – might we not have something to learn from them?”