Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Songbirds: A Conversation with Simon Barnes - Part 2

21Dec

Part two of our conversation with Simon Barnes, the award-winning sportswriter, revered birdlover and Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes

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Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Simon Barnes Reading: on closely-observed gannets

21Dec

Reading from the blog on his own website, Simon Barnes describes the close attention required and inspired by bird-watching, and the almost poetic empathy that can result.  Keep reading →

Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Songbirds: A Conversation with Simon Barnes - Part 1

14Dec

In this first of two episodes, I talk to Simon Barnes, the award-winning sportswriter, revered birdlover and Chair of 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes

Our annual theme is 'Songbirds', to mark the composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, which made Simon the perfect choice as Chair. 

We talked, among other things, about his own changing relationship with nature, how he fell in love with birds and birding, what birding means in the 21st century and its relationship with writing in general, and Romantic poetry in particular. We even address the question of John Keats' wonky nightingale.  Keep reading →

Keats-Shelley Prize 2020 - Simon Barnes reads from The Meaning of Birds

14Dec

Simon Barnes is unique in the world of literature. How many revered sports writers are also revered nature writers too? Off the top of my head I can think of one: Simon Barnes himself.  Keep reading →

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