H is for Hawk
Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson prize, H is for Hawk is a visceral depiction of grief and depression following the death of Macdonald’s father, and her salvation through falconry. Part memoir, part biography of TH White and an account of the year-long training of her goshawk; this is nature writing at its very best.
Bristol was central to the birth of Romanticism. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed and worked in the city; the first edition of the Lyrical Ballads was published in Bristol. Our Romanticism programme for spring 2015 celebrates Bristol of the time – including the life of Thomas Chatterton, Hannah More, Wordsworth, Coleridge and others in the city – but brings the issues debated then right up to date. The Romantics focused on nature and the emotions, place and the environment. As part of the series of events, we present a day that looks at how nature has inspired writers of poetry and prose, contributed to personal healing and provided a new approach for environmental campaigns.