The Mews

Poet, writer and falconer Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.

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01The Egg And The Chick2009030920100215

Our essay series follows the writer and falconer Helen Macdonald through a year of keeping a female goshawk.

As well as being a diary of training a large and powerful bird of bird - keeping a hawk called Mabel in a house in Cambridge, walking through the streets with her on her fist, and flying her after rabbits - the series of talks is also a meditation on the place hawks and falcons have had in the human imagination for millennia, and particularly on another falconer, another goshawk keeper and writer - the novelist T.H.

White best known for his series of Arthurian books - The Once and Future King.

White wrote an extraordinary account of his goshawk experiences in the 1950s and Helen Macdonald's talks are a conversation with this near-mad book.

The language of falconry is rich and poetic.

A mews was a cage or a building where captive hawks and falcons were kept.

And Helen Macdonald's talks reflect on a wealth of themes - on home and flying from it, on killing things and English fascism, on what can be tamed and what cannot.

Producer : Tim Dee (R).

Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.

02The Bird In The Spare Room *2009031020100216

2 of 5: The Bird in the Spare Room

A falconer and her goshawk, by Helen Macdonald

Producer: Tim Dee (R).

Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.

03On The Glove * *2009031120100217

Poet, writer, and falconer, Helen Macdonald is rearing and training a female goshawk.

Producer: Tim Dee (R).

Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.

04First Flight *2009031220100218

Poet, writer, and falconer, Helen Macdonald is rearing and training a female goshawk.

Producer: Tim Dee (R).

Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.

05 LASTKills * *2009031320100219

Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.