Hannah Bourne-Taylor in conversation with Georgie Fenn


When lifelong bird-lover, Hannah Bourne-Taylor, moved with her husband to Ghana seven years ago, she couldn’t have anticipated how her life would be forever changed by her unexpected encounters with nature and the subsequent bonds she formed. Plucked from the comfort and predictability of her previous life, Hannah struggled to establish herself in her new environment, striving to belong in the rural grasslands far from home.

In this challenging situation she was forced to turn inwards and interrogate her own sense of identity. However, in the animal life around her and courtesy of two wild birds in particular, Hannah found a source of solace and a way to reconnect with the world in which she was living.

‘Fledgling’ is a portrayal of adaptability, resilience and self-discovery in the face of isolation and change, fuelled by the quiet power of nature and the unexpected bonds with animals she encounters. Hannah encourages us to reconsider the conventional boundaries of the relationships people have with animals through her inspiring and very beautiful glimpse of what is possible when we allow ourselves to connect to the natural world.

Full of determination and compassion, Fledgling is a powerful meditation on our instinctive connection to nature. It shows us how even the tiniest of birds can teach us what is important in life and how we can embrace every day.


Date and Time

15 October 2022 at 12:30 pm


Grove Building, Mere

Ticket Prices

£10.00 per person

Tickets for this talk will be available 11 August for Friends of the Festival, general sale will be available 18 August 2022.

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