The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:
‘Writing a season – a talk about a work in progress about the world in progress’
A Free Public Lecture by Tim Dee. Chat, drinks and nibbles after the talk
My next book has a working title Greenery and is about the spring. Having written about the air in The Running Sky, a place we share with birds but do not inhabit quite as they do, and then the earth in Four Fields, the stuff out of which we come and the common destination for all, I found myself drawn to write about time. We grow old but the spring comes again. So it seems. Might I keep in step with a season and find a common time? I see the world around me via birds and so I decided to follow the seasons of some birds from their African winters in the scrubby desert where the Sahara sands grow thorns all the way north to the Arctic in June where the same birds do what they must with nests and eggs and chicks, in the freshest greenery under astonishing midsummer light. I also travelled north through Britain from Cornwall to Shetland. The spring moves north through Europe at walking pace. Discovering that made it impossible not to want to do it and to keep in time.
Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer. He is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, which was published in 2009. His latest book is Four Fields. It is, not surprisingly, about four fields. One is in the Cambridgeshire fens, the others are on an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. He has been a BBC radio producer for 27 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4. Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar. When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens. He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls. He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.