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As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books and Birds - Alex Preston & Neil Gower

  • The Norfolk Club 17 Upper King St, NR3 1RB Norwich (map)

Described as a 'sumptuous labour of love' by the Guardian, and a 'beautiful' and 'potent' book by the FT, As Kingfishers Catch Fire was published earlier this year to much praise.

In it, award-winning novelist Alex Preston and Ravillious disciple Neil Gower explore how avian life has been presented in English Literature. They ask why birds have always left humankind spell-bound, and attempt to capture their 'otherness' - the elements of transcendence they represent. 

Each of the 21 short chapters focuses on one variety of bird, and details how its essence has been brought to life in the words of famous writers, from Ted Hughes' crow to DH Lawrence's peacock. Every section of writing is accompanied by Gower's stunning gouache and watercolour, which brings to mind the Arts and Craft designs of William Morris.

We're very excited to announce that both Alex and Neil will be visiting Norwich at the end of the month to give a joint presentation on their book - how they came up with the idea, how they collaborated, and what they've learnt from the experience.

This is bound to be a very special evening, and will appeal to anyone interested in books, birds, words, design or art - and how different disciplines can come together to create something beautiful.

This FREE AND UNTICKETED event will also mark the beginning of our partnership with The Norfolk Club - the presentation will be held in their gorgeous Edwardian building, two minutes from the Book Hive, on Upper Street.