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Feather Permitting: Jim Robbins on Birds


The human fascination with birds is expressed in our technology and in our culture. Poets, artists, philosophers and inventors have, for centuries, found inspiration in the song, sight and flight of birds. What more can we learn about avian life?

Jim Robbins is a celebrated science journalist for the New York Times and the author of six acclaimed books, including A Symphony in the Brain and The Man Who Plants Trees. He believes birds have a lot more to teach us – about nature and about ourselves. His new book, The Wonder of Birds, is a riveting investigation into the world of birds and into our connection with them. From the complex principles of ‘flock intelligence’ and murmuration (the synchronised movement of starlings) to the sophisticated mimicry skills of the lyrebird, The Wonder of Birds explores the secret lives of feathered creatures, and makes an impassioned argument for their protection.

Join Robbins and host Sean Dooley this March for a soaring discussion on the role of birds in the future of our planet.

Embiggen Books will be our bookseller at this event.


Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins has written for the New York Times for more than 35 years, as well as numerous other magazines including Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair. He is the author of several books including The Man Who Planted Trees and Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown i... Read more

Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley is a Melbourne author who works as a television comedy writer. He has a weekly spot with 3RRR Breakfasters and regularly contributes to The Age and ABC radio about birds, the environment, sport and, well, anything really. His greatest claim to fame is that in 2002 he broke the Australian... Read more


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