From Persian poetry to John Keats and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, the nightingale has long been celebrated through traditions, folklore, music and literature. Each spring, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Sam Lee (The Nightingale) invites guests to the woodlands of southern England for rare songs and folklore by the fireside, before journeying into the woods to hear musicians duetting with nightingales. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reinvents a jewel of Middle English verse with his translation of The Owl and the Nightingale. Together they explore the place of this treasured songbird in our cultural heritage. Chaired by environmental activist, model and filmmaker Lily Cole (Who Cares Wins).

Books available to accompany this event

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The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird The Owl and the Nightingale
Who Cares Wins: Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World


The Garden Theatre

The Garden Theatre is situated in Montpellier Gardens, the main site of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in the heart of Cheltenham, GL50 1UW.

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