The Raven's Nest: An Evening with Sarah Thomas

Tue Oct 11 2022 at 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Bristol Stanfords | Bristol

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The Raven's Nest: An Evening with Sarah Thomas
Join us for an evening inspired by the Icelandic tradition of kvöldvaka with Sarah Thomas reading from her new memoir The Raven's Nest.
About this Event

Sarah says of kvöldvaka ('evening wake'): “In the past, once autumn began and the nights drew in, in the evenings the household would come together in one room to knit and darn while someone read aloud to them. This laid the foundations for a very literate, productive and creative society. Gathering in this way is a much needed calming antidote to the noise of life today. That is why I am doing it. Stories enter you differently when your hands are making or mending something.”

We welcome you to bring your knitting, crochet and embroidery or just sit back and be transported into an evening of meditation and relaxation, as Sarah reads from her extraordinary book The Raven's Nest.

A breathtaking mix of nature writing, memoir and travel, this is a story about resilience and learning to belong, set in the elemental landscape of Iceland’s bewitching Westfjords.

Visiting Iceland as an anthropologist and film-maker in 2008, Sarah Thomas is spellbound by its otherworldly landscape. An immediate love for this country and for Bjarni, a man she meets there, turns a week-long stay into a transformative half-decade, one which radically alters Sarah's understanding of herself and of the living world.

She embarks on a relationship not only with Bjarni, but with the light, the language, and the old wooden house they make their home. She finds a place where the light of the midwinter full moon reflected by snow can be brighter than daylight, where the earth can tremor at any time, and where the word for echo - bergmál - translates as 'the language of the mountain'. In the midst of crisis both personal and planetary, as her marriage falls apart, Sarah finds inspiration in the artistry of a raven's nest: a home which persists through breaking and reweaving - over and over.

Written in beautifully vivid prose The Raven's Nest is a profoundly moving meditation on place, identity and how we might live in an era of environmental disruption.

-Sarah Thomas is a writer and filmmaker with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her films have been screened internationally. She is a contributor to the Dark Mountain journal. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian and the anthology Women on Nature, edited by Katharine Norbury. In 2020 she was nominated for the Arts Foundation Environmental Writing Award. She was longlisted for the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize and shortlisted for the 2021 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize for the proposal for this book. The Raven’s Nest is her debut.

Start Time: 6:30pm

Tickets: £5 (Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink and is redeemable against the published price of on the night of the event.)


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Bristol Stanfords, 29 Corn Street, Bristol, United Kingdom


GBP 4.23

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