Join award winning writer William Fiennes on an epic journey across North America accompanying a million-strong flocks of migrating snow geese as they fly from Texas to their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. This special recount of his adventure will be accompanied with music from The Bookshop Band to create a unique and moving performance.
First published to high acclaim in 2002, The Snow Geese, is “an inspired work of natural history and travel” that has already become a classic work of contemporary travel writing.
“The Snow Geese moved me as few other recent books. No one who reads it is likely to continue to view the world in the same way” Time Literary Supplement
“Why are we drawn to birds, to landscape, to nature? It is for the sense of wonder – and in capturing that sense of wonder, Fiennes reminds us who desperately we all need it” Sunday Telegraph
The Bookshop Band write songs about books, and play them in bookshops. Having delighted visitors to the Ryedale Book Festival last year we are excited about their return to perform, for the first time, their song that has been inspired by The Snow Geese. www.thebookshopband.co.uk
After the performance William and The Band will be discussing their writing and the process of this collaboration with Yvette Huddleston, from The Yorkshire Post. They would welcome contributions from the audience about the value that music and travel can add to the quality of our lives.
This exciting new commission for Ryedale Book Festival has only been possible as a consequence of the generosity of local travel company Inntravel whose specialist holidays celebrate Life in the Slow Lane and the opportunity to explore on bike or on foot some of the most beautiful rural areas in Europe www.inntravel.co.uk