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

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ESSAY01The Egg And The Chick2009030920100215Poet, writer and falconer Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.|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.
ESSAY02The Bird In The Spare Room *20090310201002162 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.
ESSAY03On The Glove * *2009031120100217Poet, 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.
ESSAY04First Flight *2009031220100218Poet, 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.
ESSAY05 LASTKills * *2009031320100219Helen Macdonald talks about rearing and training a female goshawk.