A focus on nature and wildlife continues into the afternoon, as from 1pm Perfect collaborators Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher will present a session of naturalism, art, and storytelling. Nicola will be introducing the audience to swifts–incredible birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying–including their calls, nesting behaviors and where to look out for them. Cathy will go on to draw a swift and provide insights on creating the beautiful artwork for Perfect, followed by a reading of the story itself.
For Nicola and Cathy, the swift is not only a remarkable bird to be observed, but became a means to explore themes of disability and acceptance. In Perfect, disheartened by the arrival of his new baby sister and the physical differences he perceives between them, a young boy continues to be mesmerisied by the flight of the swifts outside his window. Only when he takes an injured bird into his care is he able to realise that all his sister might need is the same little piece of help.