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Tales from the River: An Anthology of River Literature Paperback – 1 September 2018


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Stormbird Press (1 September 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192585602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1925856026
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 426 g
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The beauty and extraordinary natural nuances of our rivers are wonderfully captured in this book. If we are to preserve and nurture this essential but threatened resource, then our motivation must come from the heart. The richly varied yet delightful chapters in this book are from the heart. The result is a powerful, emotional exhortation to preserve and regenerate this vital nourishing life-source. —Charles Massy, Call of the Reed-Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth

Rivers are story bearers.  In this volume, memories and murmurs, tragedies and travels, elegies and epics are borne to us on currents of masterful language.  Reading Tales from the River was like sailing the world anew on a vessel built of sheer joy. —Alyson Hagy, Ghosts of Wyoming and Scribe

Fresh water rivers–elixir of life and our planets very arteries are sadly in dire straits. In “Tales of the River”, 21 essayists evoke the beauty, peace and joy afforded by healthy flowing waters, but as well, demonstrate our global collective need to restore and protect these life-givers. — Micheline Jenner, The Secret Life of Whales

This wonderful collection reminds us that rivers are far more than just sources of water: they nourish people's fields and souls, they flow through our cities and our cultures. Protecting and restoring the world's rivers requires us to value them for all their benefits: this book evokes these benefits and provides a powerful call for a re-evaluation of why rivers matter. — Stuart Orr, Leader Freshwater Practice, WWF

This beautiful celebration of the life giving power and seasonal pulse of rivers worldwide is timely and important. Rivers are threatened almost everywhere, and their life among the most imperilled of any habitat on Earth. These lyrical vignettes remind us to better appreciate rivers or risk losing much that we would sorely miss. —Callum Roberts, Ocean of Life: How our Seas are Changing. Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York, UK.

This book gathers together stories of people around the world taking the pulse of the planet by enjoying, cherishing and defending waterways. Some explore rivers that still flow far from humanity's touch; others discover the resilience of the natural world by paddling on stressed urban waterways--but every story reminds us that we need to love our rivers again. It's a joyous read that will inspire you to plan your own riparian journey. —Rick Hodges, To Follow Elephants

About the Author

Donna Mulvenna is a horticulturalist, whose journey as a writer began when moved to the Amazon rainforest in French Guiana. For four years she wrote from a platform high in the canopy where the wildlife became her only company. Through her writing she hopes to give readers a glimpse of the wonder she discovered in the rainforest, reveal the profound effect it has on people's lives, and share why it is more important than ever before, to reconnect with the natural world. 'Nobody leaves the Amazon rainforest unchanged,' says Donna, when explaining why she no longer feels the need to own a mobile phone, buy material possessions, or even wear shoes. When not writing or gardening, she can be found sitting under a tree reading or paddling along a river in a sprint canoe. Donna is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, and the author of Happiness is Green, Wild Roots: Coming Alive in the French Amazon, and The Awe of Nature. She co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology, and is the co-editor of Tales of the River. "Happiness does find us," she says. "We just have to slow down and lighten our load a little. Only when we give ourselves space, do we discover the wonder and awe in our natural world, and in the process gain a true sense of who we are, why we are here, and where we are heading."

Margi Prideaux is an author and international wildlife negotiator. She has written about wildlife in international politics and law almost every day for the past 27 years. As an international negotiator and independent academic, with a PhD in wildlife policy & law, her words have been tuned to inform policy audiences in more than 20 different international conservation processes. She has three books. Birdsong After the Storm, Global Environmental Governance, Civil Society and Wildlife, and has co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology. Along the way, her shorter musings have been published online at openDemocracy, Global Policy, Live Encounters, AlterNet, Wildlife Articles and Ecologist. She is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and also a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. As well as writing, she serves as the Policy and Negotiations Director with Wild Migration, Vice-Chair of the CMS Scientific Council Aquatic Wild Meat Working Group, as a Research Associate with the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre, and as a Member of the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group and the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Area Taskforce.

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