'Owl Sense' with Miriam Darlington
  • Room 405, Babbage Building (This room has disabled access - if the ground floor door is locked, please ring 01752 588400.)

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Come along to this Green Book Club meeting to discuss Owl Sense with the author, Miriam Darlington.

‘Her softness took my breath away. Deadly beauty. She turned her face towards me. There is a narrow area that falls between pleasing and preposterous, and this owl’s circular face and bright yellow eyes fitted into it with perfect grace...'

Owls have captivated the human imagination for millennia. We have fixated on this night hunter as predator, messenger, emblem of wisdom or portent of doom. In Owl Sense, Miriam Darlington sets out to tell a new story.

Her fieldwork begins with wild encounters in the British Isles, on the owl walks she takes with her teenage son Benji. From here, Miriam seeks to identify every European species of this charismatic and elusive bird, on a journey that will take her from southern Spain through France, Serbia and Finland, and to the frosted borders of the Arctic. 

Owl Sense is a book about the wild in nature and in the unpredictable course of our human lives. In her watching and deep listening to owls in the natural world, Miriam cleaves myth from reality and brings the strangeness and magnificence of these creatures to life.

  • 'What a beautiful book, wise and sharp-eared as its subject' (Robert Macfarlane)
  • 'Captivating' (The Times)
  • 'Achingly beautiful' (Guardian)
  • 'Vivid and engaging' (Sunday Times)

All are welcome to this free event and it is not essential to have read any or all of the book. Contact Alan Ramage for further information (email: menzalan@blueyonder.co.uk). 

Plymouth Green Book Club is supported by the University of Plymouth, the Sustainable Earth Institute and the Eden Project.

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Today's events

Owl Sense talk and book launch with Miriam Darlington

  • Date: 22 March 2018
  • Time: 18:30-20:00
  • Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

The talk will be followed by a wine reception.

Organised by Peninsula Arts, the event is free to attend but booking is essential.

Dr Miriam Darlington

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