Birds are metaphors, cyphers for human experience; they carry our hopes, ambitions and emotions. Our lives and those of birds are intimately connected, yet birds also remain 'other'. Fragile yet marvellously enduring; majestic killing machines; birds are the spark for powerful writing: a cause of wonder, reverence and joyous celebration.
Dewi Roberts, who lives in Denbighshire, is well known in Wales as an anthologist. His regional compilations include Visitors' Delight and A Clwyd Anthology. He has published a travel book, The Land of Old Renown, and is an essayist and reviewer for a number of publications. Apart from literature, his main interest is local history.