Online launch for Declan Murphy’s The Spirit of the River – Thursday, 20 May, 18:30, Lilliput Press YouTube
Join us for the official virtual launch of Declan Murphy’s new nature book, The Spirit of the River. Declan will be in conversation with Niall Hatch and Alan Gilsenan, talking about a variety of topics from nature and birdwatching to writing and the importance of storytelling.
The Spirit of the River spans themes of nature and conservation to mental health and the foreword has been written by thirteen-year-old Global Youth Environmentalist and Activist, Lilly Platt. With hallucinatory clarity and singular powers of observation, Declan brings the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom to light. His quest becomes the reader’s in the unfolding drama of his search for harmony and knowledge, from mythography to an acute awareness of people’s fragility.
Declan Murphy has ‘birded’ across Ireland, Australia, North America, Asia and Africa. He has worked with BirdWatch Ireland, the country’s largest conservation charity, and has been published extensively in The Irish Wildlife Trust, The Native Woodland Trust, BirdWatch Ireland and The Sherkin Comment.
Niall Hatch is the Public Relations, Branches and Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland and is the editor of Wings, its membership magazine. He is a regular panellist on RTÉ Radio One’s Mooney Goes Wild and a frequent contributor to radio and television on natural history and conservation topics. A keen birder since early childhood, like Declan he has travelled the world in search of wildlife.
Alan Gilsenan is a writer, film-maker and occasional theatre director. His diverse body of film work extends across feature films, creative documentary and more experimental work. He has just completed The Days of Trees, a feature-length creative documentary and also recently made a feature-length film installation ULYSSES | FILM , a filmic response to Joyce’s Ulysses, for Dublin’s new Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI).