From this down she builds a nest for her eggs; her own bare skin, freshly revealed, covers them with warmth. It is not that risks must necessarily be taken, nor does an essay have to be radical, as such, but I do like to feel that, at some point during the process of composition, the author surprised himself. It takes bravery to examine our vulnerability and transmit it. Parish ministers were among the first to reach one of the villages and offer comfort to the survivors. The competition, now in its third year, aims to discover new talent in long-form non-fiction writing.
What image or idiom will make it clearer? About 60 nests must be collected, dried and cleaned to remove dirt, seaweed and vegetation. Intermediaries, such as Japanese and European wholesalers, buy in bulk after it has been processed. As Adnan Sarwar, our brilliant winner last year, put it: From this down she builds a nest for her eggs; her own bare skin, freshly revealed, covers them with warmth. Eiderdown, sold off cheaply, seems to be just another chapter in this story.
The judges are looking for dynamic, lively and authoritative non-fiction essays of no more than 3, words, which must be written in English and can be on any subject. At last, someone is saying what needs to be said, in sentences so perfectly judged that, even if they were recounting a detailed recipe for huckleberry jam, they would still hold me rapt.
We look forward to bringing some of these new voices to our FT Weekend readers. The story of how most feathers come to fill our bedding is anything but comforting. Finally, he notes that people should read something they are interested in.
I meet a year-old boy, whose family has inhabited a farm on the island since the 19th century. The dull incomprehensible jargon of Brussels deters the uninitiated from taking an interest.
Orwell starts his essay by observing: C W Shepherd, an Englishman who visited the island of Vigur in the Westfjords indescribed a farm besieged by eiders: Visit the Icelandic coast and you will see hundreds, bobbing gregariously essy the sea. About 60 nests must be collected, dried and cleaned to remove dirt, seaweed and vegetation.
All young long-form writers will understand how hard it is to get your work read rssay published, particularly if you pursue risky projects like wild duck chases.
In Iceland I hear stories about Gulf royals who sleep under eiderdown in the desert and Russian politicians whose hearts can be warmed with the gift of an eiderdown duvet. Even now, life here can be unpredictable, especially in prrize when the weather turns violent.
After the death of his wife inhe travelled the world by steamer, setting his plans to one side. Almost 20 years ago, two villages in the Westfjords were buried by avalanches, killing 34 people.
I used to be a nightwatchman so I have a little bit of experience staying awake. Take me high and, like Seneca advised, let me live wide. Since then, self-help has become a dismal literary genre dominated by emoting Americans; yet, here, the British writer proves it is possible to tell people how to run their lives in a way that is funny, erudite, and snooty — as well as entirely persuasive.
And your words should be full. Every June, he says, about ducks arrive from the sea and bodlye to his farm.
The Norwegians once harvested down all along their coastline, but in the s they discovered a far more profitable natural resource — oil — and began to move away from remote coastal areas. Sarwar is a worthy winner.
Listen to this article Play prise for this article Pause World Show more World links. And he will probably ask himself two more: A former naval officer, Sveinsson has devoted his life to eiderdown. I see this first hand on the remote island of Vigur, which looks out into the Arctic Circle. Environmentalists, economists and ornithologists have all fallen in love with Icelandic harvesting. It is difficult to describe the weight of eiderdown in a language in which the epitome of lightness is a feather.
After placing a duck-sized clump of down in her hands, I ask her what she feels. It was a perfect essay with a very big subject coming out from a narrative of a small bird. It is a work of non-fiction with all essa velocity of a gripping short story.
Iceland Add to myFT. Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? Caroline Daniel, FT Weekend editor and chairman of the six-strong judging panel, said: