THE GARDEN, OUR OASIS: ‘A THOUSAND PAPER BIRDS’
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 12.30
Nothing is set in stone. A bird can be refolded into a boat, a fish, a kimono, or any other extravagant vision. At other times it aches to return to its original folds. The paper begins to fray.
Jonah roams Kew Gardens trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life after the tragic death of his wife Audrey. Weathering the seasons and learning to love again, he meets Chloe, an enigmatic origami artist who is hesitant to let down her own walls. In the gardens he also meets ten-year-old Milly, and Harry, a gardener, both of whom have secrets of their own to keep – and mysteries to solve.
‘A Thousand Paper Birds is absolutely wonderful. It has the emotional integrity of One Day and the complexity and character depth of Cloud Atlas. It is an incredible achievement’. Deborah Install
‘A masterful exploration of love, loss and the healing power of the natural world. Like Max Porter’s Grief is a Thing With Feathers, it uses fable, mystery and a poetic sensibility to get at the nub of loss. Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure’. The Observer
‘Abundant and richly suggestive… Udall weaves a complex story about the mysterious ways a life can linger, like a scent, and how grief and love can sometimes feel so vast and overwhelming that no earthly landscape can contain them’. Daily Mail
After studying theatre and film, Tor Udall co-founded a dance-theatre company and spent most of her twenties directing, writing and performing. A Thousand Paper Birds is her first novel. She lives in London with her husband and young children.Go back