BIRDSONG - A Celebration of Bruny Island Birds

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BIRDSONG: A Celebration of Bruny Island Birds (2nd ed) was launched at the Bruny Island Bird Festival 2016.

Our major fundraiser - Support conservation on Bruny Island and enjoy a beautiful book as well!

This stunningly beautiful cross arts/science anthology grew out contributions to the 2012 Bird Festival. The first edition sold out after raising over $20,000 towards the protection of Bruny’s birds. BIEN is now proudly launching a second edition of BIRDSONG

Buy Direct for discount rate: Just $30 a copy.  Any postage is extra.
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If you are coming to the 2022 festival you can also pre-order on the merchandise page and collect at the festival



Rachel Edwards, WARP magazine.

"This is a gorgeous, gorgeous book of words and art that, as the title suggests, celebrates the birds of Bruny Island. It has been edited by Anne Morgan (poetry), Victoria King (art and design) and John Cameron (essays) and it starts with a quote from Yevgeny Yevtushenko,  “Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers”.

It is the second edition, (also) in hardcover and it includes work from some of Tasmania’s (and beyond) best known and loved writers and artists including Ron Moss, Michael Leunig, Janet Fenton, Don Knowler, Lyn Reeves, Jane Williams, Pete Hay  - and I could really go on writing the names of each contributor, the work contained is so rich, and such a considered celebration of an island that means so many different things to different people.

It does not do the book justice to single out contributors, but I must make mention of Pete Hay’s poem White Faced Heron with its almost perfect structure, the kind of poem that leaves you sadder, richer, wiser, and finishes with the lines

“The heron stays its stately hunt:
its stark eye skewers dusk.”

This poem is accompanied by a print from digital image by Barbara Tassell ‘A Common Elegance- White Faced Heron’ a gentle and wise juztaposition.

Adrienne Eberhard’s lyrical and warm poem ‘Fledglings, Wood Ducks’ is typeset around a beautiful pastel drawing from Tasmanian writer, elder and artist, Janet Fenton, called simply Wood Ducks. It is drawn in a singular blood red and captures the “peep, peep, peep” of the birds, onomatopoetically referred to in Eberhard’s poem.

“Black Swan Event, Adventure Bay” by Anne Morgan talks of place, of land and shore and history, alongside the currency of day to day life on the island, the poet kayaking 

“I hunch to glide
between concrete piers
Dodging lines of hopeful fishers,”

The book also contains essays and a wonderful collection of photographs of all the endemic species of birds on the island by Chris Tzaros.

Bruny Island is one of the many magical places and one of the hundreds of islands off the coast of Tasmania, a major tourism attraction and also home to some of the best cruising waters for sailors in the world. It is also home not only to vibrant and in twelve cases, endemic, bird life, but to an annual Bruny Island Bird Festival.

This is a book whose motivations are not simply to inspire the soul through words and images, it is a book whose profits are turned into research – in this case, research into ways to mitigate predation threats to the critically endangered, hollow-nesting Swift Parrot, a lovely bird whose habitat has been under destruction for many years from forestry in the state. Future profits will fund community education around cat management on the island."


Bob Brown                                           
"I thoroughly recommend 'Birdsong' for anyone looking forward to morning tea with a delightful collage of bird art, photographs, poetry and prose."  

























Bruny Island:  Inala Nature Giftshop, Bruny Gateway (Kettering), Art at the Point, Get Shucked Oysters, The Cheese Factory, Lumeah Gallery, Bruny Is Premium Wines, Bruny Cafe, Penguin Cafe and Pennicott Bruny Island Cruises.

Hobart: Hobart Book Shop, Fullers, Dymocks, Wild Island Gallery, The Sensory (Richmond), The Map Shop, Teros, Royal Botanic Gardens shop, State Cinema Book Shop.

Other stockists: Visitor centres at Huonville and Geeveston, Collins Book shop and Petrachs book shop Launceston, Southern Swan (Cygnet), Cradle Mt Gallery and the Book Cellar Campbell Town.