Birdsplaining with Jasmine Donahaye

in conversation with Gwen Davies

Date:  Saturday 10th June 2023

Venue:  Montgomery Town Hall

Time:  3.30-4.15pm

Tickets:  £8.00

What does the natural world mean to us, and what are the various ways we approach it? Do we all have equal access, or seek the same experiences? In Birdsplaining, a lyrical, sometimes provocative collection of essays, Jasmine Donahaye asks searching questions about our relationship to the natural world and to one another. 
In conversation with Gwen Davies, Editor of New Welsh Review, she will be discussing the exploration of ideas through birds and personal experience, along with wider questions about the nature of nature writing.
Roaming across Wales, Scotland, California and the Middle East, Jasmine unapologetically challenges familiar ways of seeing the natural world, looking to understand things on her own terms and undoing old lessons about how to behave.

 Jasmine Donahaye’s latest book is Birdsplaining: A Natural History. Her previous books include Losing Israel (2015), The Greatest Need (2015), Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine (2012), and two collections of poetry: Misappropriations (2006) and Self-Portrait as Ruth (2009). She teaches part-time at Swansea University, and is a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She won the New Welsh Writing Awards in 2021 with an extract from Birdsplaining: A Natural History

Gwen Davies is the editor of New Welsh Review. She has worked as a creative editor at publishers including Parthian, and founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte. She is also a writers’ mentor for Literature Wales and a judge of the New Welsh Writing Awards. As a literary translator, her titles include Robin Llywelyn’s White Star (Seren Wen ar Gefndir Gwyn) and two of bestseller Caryl Lewis’ novels, Martha, Jack and Shanco (Martha, Jac a Sianco) and The Jeweller (Y Gemydd). She grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire and now lives in Aberystwyth with her family.

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