Monday 6th November at 7pm, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye; Ticket £3
Horatio Clare is the acclaimed author of Down to the Sea in Ships, A Single Swallow and Running for the Hills. He last visited us with Down to the Sea in Ships, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Ross with his new book, Orison for a Curlew.
The slender-billed curlew, Numenius tenuirostris, 2the slim beak of the new moon”, is one of the world’s rarest birds. It once bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and Central Asia. Today, the slender- billed curlew only exists as a rumour, a ghost species surrounded by unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty is that it now stands on the edge of extinction. Birds are key environmental indicators. Theor health or hardship has a message for us about the plnet, and our future. What does the fate of the slender-billed curlew mean for us and the natural world? What happened to it, and why?
Orison for a Curlew journeys through a fractured Europe in search of the slender-billed curlew, following the bird’s migratory path on an odyseey that takes us into the lives of the men and women who have fought to save the landscapes towhich the bird belongs.
This is a story of beauty, triumph and the struggles of conservation. It is a homage to a creature that may never be seen again.