Nature Writer Clacks gives talk on the River Devon


OUTDOOR enthusiasts will have the chance to hear from a well-known nature writer Clacks at a free talk this weekend.

Author Keith Broomfield, who has enriched the advertiser’s pages with his weekly column over the years, will be hosted by Dollar Community Development Trust on Saturday, January 29 at 7 p.m.

A graduate in zoology, Keith has always had an interest in the outdoors and has a passion for all things natural.

Offering the talk for free at The Hive in Dollar, Keith will share stories about the River Devon, the subject of his recent book If Rivers Could Sing.

The book, which has been nominated for a First Book Award in the prestigious Scotland’s National Book Awards 2021, is for anyone who loves wildlife, wild places and has a passion for natural heritage.

The author said in a blog post: “If Rivers Could Sing is a personal Scottish river journey, where I dive deeper into my own local river to explore its abundant wildlife and get closer to its wild beating heart.

“Among the creatures featured are beavers, otters, kingfishers and salmon.

“If Rivers Could Sing also focuses on Devon’s historic past, where its tributaries helped power the mills along the Hillfoot villages.

“This, along with coal mining and other industrialization, put enormous pollution pressure on the river and its wildlife in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“If Rivers Could Sing is about getting closer to nature and connecting with our precious surroundings.

“I am delighted that he has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, which I hope will inspire other beginning authors to pick up a pen and write.”

Keith’s latest book, A Scottish Wildlife Odyssey, is also due out next month.

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