My book was inspired by The Overwintering Project, an environmental art project curated by Kate Gorringe-Smith. As a child in New Zealand I was fascinated by stories of godwits. In ancient times the arrival of the godwit, or kuaka, was looked upon as a great event. Traditionally, when the birds are first seen in the South Island, church bells ring out to welcome them and farewell them again approximately six months later. Many bar-tailed godwits overwinter near where I now live on the south coast of New South Wales. There are no church bells at Lake Wollumboola but we are glad to welcome them all the same.
Digital prints on handmade papers