BIRD BRAIN

Kyo Ma­clear goes ur­ban bird­ing and muses about life in Birds Art Life Death

The Simple Things - - MARCH THINGS -

Writer Kyo Ma­clear was stalled, she was wor­ried about her fa­ther’s health, and keenly aware that she had a lim­ited amount of time to achieve any­thing big and note­wor­thy. A meet­ing with a bird-lov­ing mu­si­cian trans­formed her think­ing. In­stead of dream­ing of “lim­it­less free­dom” she turned her at­ten­tion to the small and im­per­fect and in­ter­est­ing, rel­ish­ing “what the mind could cre­ate in cramped quar­ters”.

Ur­ban bird­ing be­came the an­swer to the ques­tion of in­spi­ra­tion; here she bril­liantly de­scribes wan­der­ing the cityscape find­ing beauty in un­ex­pected places and watch­ing birds take flight as her busy mind tack­led the big themes of life – re­gret, love and loss. ( 4th Es­tate)

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