Birds and books at Brighton’s Booth Museum

Members of the community are invited to enjoy learning about birds, history, and storytelling at an event to be held tomorrow.

During this free event, two academics from the University of Sussex are set to explore how birds have been imagined in British literature from the Victorian age to the present.

‘Flying off the Page: Birds in Literature, Victorian Era to the Present’ will be held at Brighton’s Booth Museum of Natural History on Dyke Road from 7:30pm to 9pm on June 15.

English lecturer Will Abberley will give a talk on how Victorian ornithologists such as Edward Booth used techniques of storytelling to document bird behaviour, and what their anecdotes of hunting and watching birds tell us about how people imagined the relationship between humans and the natural world in the past.

Nicholas Royle, professor of English at the university, will then read from his new novel An English Guide to Birdwatching.

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