Birdgirl in conversation with Dr Phil Hammond
29th September 2023 – 7 pm – 9.30 pm
Mya Rose Craig aka Birdgirl in conversation with Dr Phil Hammond
A thought provoking and funny evening exploring 21-year-old Mya-Rose’s life as environmental activist, her memoir ‘Birdgirl’. Discover Mya-Rose’s moving and life-affirming memoir about family and how birds helped her during a deepening family mental health crisis.
Suitable for 11+
Paperback copies of Mya Rose’s memoir, ‘Birdgirl: Discovering the Power of Our Natural World’ will be available on the evening, which is due out on 5th September 2023 and published by Penguin Random House Vintage Jonathan Cape
Location – Compton Martin Village Hall, The Street, Compton Martin, Bristol, BS40 6JN
Mya-Rose, an ex-Chew Valley School pupil from Compton Martin, will talk about being an environmental activist, sharing how she found her voice and joy through birding trips. On these journeys, Mya-Rose also witnesses the inequality and destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. And so, through the simple, mindful act of looking for birds, she becomes ever more determined to campaign for all our survival.
‘Birdwatching has never felt like a hobby, or a pastime I can pick up and put down, but a thread running through the pattern of my life.’
‘Lyrical, poignant and insightful’ Margaret Atwood
‘A prodigy takes Flight…Craig manages to capture so vividly what birds mean to her and her family… filled with…hope and energy.’ Guardian
‘[Craig’s] book reads like a cross between a travel diary, an ornithologist’s guide and a thriller.’ The Times
‘A frank, open account of how birdwatching provided solace during Mya-Rose’s teenage years… [we are] given an insight into a fascinating family of bird-lovers.’ BBC Wildlife Magazine
‘Inspiring…A forthright and compelling chronicle by a remarkable birder, environmentalist, and advocative’ Booklist
‘The astuteness with which the 20-year-old writes about her early life will reassure readers that our future is in good hands.’ Time Magazine
“Birdgirl… gives the reader insight into the unique upbringing that moulded her into the accomplished birder and equal rights activist that she is today” Washington Post
‘’We made a complicated puzzle, the three of us,” ‘Craig narrates, imbuing her book with genuine pathos.’ New York Times
***Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2023***
***Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2023***
***Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023***
Her passion for birds led to her setting up her charity Black2Nature when she was 14 years old, which organises free nature camps for inner-city young people. At 17 she is the youngest Briton to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Bristol University and to see half the world’s birds.
Her first book, We Have a Dream, introduced readers to young environmentalists of colour from around the world who are protecting the planet, being nominated for a British Book Award 2022. Her best-selling illustrated children’s’ book, Flight, published by Puffin in 2023, charts the amazing migration paths of birds around the globe.
Dr Phil Hammond, an NHS specialist, Private Eye journalist, campaigner, and comic.
Doctoring used to be like Downing Street. Posh unaccountable alcoholics working silly hours, cocking up, covering up and laughing it off. Then Dr Phil Hammond broke ranks and ruined it. For 37 years he had worked in the NHS and exposed its darkest secrets. The NHS is still dangerously understaffed and error-strewn but now everybody knows it. I’ve spawned an army of regulators, lawyers and aggressively informed patients demanding excellent care in a collapsing service.
‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ ★★★★ The Times
‘One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet’ The Guardian