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'Birdgirl' to launch new book at Slimbridge

Mya-Rose Craig, aka ‘Birdgirl’, will be celebrating the launch of her new book ‘Birdgirl’ on 2 July at Slimbridge.

We are excited to be supporting Mya-Rose on the launch of her new book, by hosting a special talk and book signing with the 20-year-old birder, environmentalist and diversity activist.

On 2 July visitors to Slimbridge can attend a special talk in our exciting new Living Wetland Theatre, to hear all about the book and how Slimbridge features within it. The talk will take place at 11.30am and will last around 45 minutes. Following on from the talk, visitors can then join Mya-Rose for a book signing in our Gift Shop located in their Visitor Centre – where the book will also be available to purchase.

Mya-Rose’s new book, Birdgirl, tells the story of a young environmentalist looking to the skies in search of a better future and comes out on 30 June with Vintage Books. The book is a poignant memoir, with stunning illustrations of birds throughout.

Alongside the book launch event on 2 July, we have been running a competition on our social media channels @wwtslimbridge for a chance to win a signed copy of the Birdgirl book.

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Mya-Rose explains:

Birdwatching has never felt like a hobby, or a pastime I can pick up and put down, but a thread running through the pattern of my life, so tightly woven in that there’s no way of pulling it free and leaving the rest of my life intact.

The Mya-Rose Craig book launch talk and book signing is included in admission ticket to Slimbridge and is free for WWT members. The event will be run on a first come, first served, basis. The talk is weather dependent and may be moved inside to Slimbridge’s cinema. Full details on the event can be found here.

About Mya-Rose Craig

Environmentalist Dr Mya-Rose Craig has been birding since she was 9 days old. She is the youngest ever member of the RSPB advisory committee and founder of the charity Black2Nature, a number of whose 2021 nature camps the RSPB will be supporting. At the age of 17, Mya-Rose became the youngest Brit to be awarded an honorary doctorate in for her work fighting for equal access to nature and for ethnic diversity in the environmental sector. In September 2020, Mya-Rose travelled to the Arctic Circle with Greenpeace to investigate climate change. There, she staged the world’s most northerly climate strike, holding up a protest sign while standing alone on an Arctic ice floe.