Bill shares his thoughts on life and happiness, exclusively in this new monthly column for Saga Magazine.
I’m delighted to announce that, this autumn, I will be able to share with you my love of birds, in my new book Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds. It’s a personal recollection of memorable bird encounters over the years, with notes and drawings by my own hand. I’ve written about some of my favourites, from eagles to wrens, to ducks and divers, what they get up to, how they fly, everything that makes them unique and fascinating. The book’s out on 20th October, but you can pre-order it now.
Bill will be bringing his new show Larks In Transit to New Zealand and Australia later this year and we have presale links for you!
Tickets will be going on sale to the general public on Tuesday 12 July 9am (local times) so get in quick to avoid a dose of disappointment.
For the last few years, Stoptober has been helping thousands of people to quit smoking, and this year I’m supporting them. If you want to give up, or have tried before and not managed it, maybe this is the time. I know first hand how hard it is to quit, and how you need all the support you can, and that’s where the campaign comes in. So give it a go..
So we did it! 87 miles in 6 days, from Ivinghoe Beacon in the east, to Avebury stone circle in the west. Huge thanks to the brilliant folk who helped to organise, cajole, and generally to solve this logistical tesseract, especially Mita you are a marvel! And all those who walked with me, who offered words of encouragement along the way. The last section was Ogbourne St George to Avebury ; the sun came out and I was treated to a rare sighting of Limenitis camilla, or a White Admiral butterfly if you prefer, glancing and gliding over my head. Then the slow descent into the Stone Circle of Avebury, my favourite henge. My number one in the henge charts. Not just bigger than Stonehenge, but more tactile, more stone-touchy. More spiritual. And as if to make the point, I met a lovely couple celebrating their pagan wedding.
I rested my head against these ancient stones, felt their healing power, drank some ale, had a packet of crisps and dreamed of sleep. To commemorate my mum’s passing ten years ago I set up this page. One last mention before I start planning my next venture. Thanks all . BB
Going live on BBC iPlayer tonight from 21.00 is Bill’s Love Song co-starring the brilliant Emma Thompson.
The first televisual outing of QUALMPEDDLER is tonight, folks! …at 22:50 on Channel 4.
Bill will be touring his Limboland show from October 2015. 48 UK dates will be going on public sale this Friday, although those subscribing to the newsletter will receive a pre-sale link later on today, enabling them to get tickets straight away.
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On Tuesday 14 October 2014, Bill was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
An honorary award of Doctor of the University may be made to a person in recognition of excellence and extraordinary achievement in a significant area of human endeavour, and in Bill’s case, it was for his outstanding contribution to the environment on a global scale. Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, Professor Greg Hill said, “We believe Bill’s commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability, particularly in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, demonstrates excellence and deserves recognition…So it’s a worthy cause for USC to be engaged with and it is also a wonderful platform for USC to engage with Bill Bailey.” Congratulations, BB.
Introducing the ‘shellfie’ – NOUN, INFORMAL. A photograph that one has taken of oneself featuring a reptile characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.