Born and raised in a South Yorkshire mining village, Richard Hines remembers listening out for the colliery siren at the end of shifts, and praying for his father’s safe return. Having failed the 11+ and seemingly destined to work in the pits, Richard felt unable to compete with his older brother, Barry. A boyhood encounter with a nest of kestrels changed Richard’s life and his experiences training them inspired Barry Hines’s classic novel A Kestrel for a Knave. Richard later trained the kestrels that soared into cinematic history in Ken Loach’s classic film, Kes. Richard Hines spent most of his career as a documentary filmmaker before becoming a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
Introduced by Dr Alex Barber, Durham University
Saturday 15 October,
Palace Green Library
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