The Twelve Birds of Christmas – An Afternoon with Stephen Moss


Thursday 19th December 2019 – 2.30pm – Elementum Gallery, Sherborne

Join us for a cosy Christmas afternoon of spiced cider and mince pies in the company of author and naturalist Stephen Moss who will introduce us to his latest book, the brilliantly titled The Twelve Birds of Christmas.

'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is by far the best-known Christmas carol. Constantly sung and endlessly parodied, both memorable and infuriating, it perfectly captures the spirit of this time of year. Stephen digs beneath the surface to discover an alternative meaning to the verses and reveals that in his view this is, indeed, a bird-centred tribute to the Festive Season. He weaves history, culture, bird behaviour and folklore into a compelling narrative for each species, tracing its fortunes over the past two centuries, and ending with a powerful message about the plight of some of our best-loved birds.'

What a perfect start to the holiday season and we look forward to welcoming you.

Mince pies and mulled wine or spiced cider are served from 2.30pm, event begins at 3pm and finishes around 4pm. 

Please bring your order confirmation as proof of  purchase. 

Stephen Moss is one of UK’s leading nature writers whose books include Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Wild Kingdom, Mrs Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names, and recent 'biographies' of the Robin and the Wren. He writes for a number of magazines and newspapers, including a regular monthly ‘Birdwatch’ column for the Guardian, and teaches on the MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. A lifelong naturalist, Stephen has travelled to all seven of the world’s continents in search of wildlife.

Please note: your ticket is a voucher that includes admission to the event and is redeemable against a copy of The Twelve Birds of Christmas. Valid only on Thursday 19th December 2019 available to purchase at Elementum Gallery.

Event held at Elementum Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LU

Please note that the event space is up a flight of stairs. Please contact the gallery if you need assistance or for any further information – 01935 813776

The Twelve Birds of Christmas – An Afternoon with Stephen Moss


The Twelve Birds of Christmas by Stephen Moss