What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story?
I’ve always associated certain collective nouns with particular birds, like murder with crows and parliament with owls. I never realised that so many birds actually had multiple collective nouns. As well as a murder, crows can be a mob, a horde, a cawcus, a clan, a brood, or a number of other terms depending on which part of the world you live in. Owls can be wisdom, a jury, a study, a bazaar or a glaring.
What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour and Mischief?
I enjoyed writing my story in the style of kids’ fairytale, but with murder and violence. Lots of fun!
Which is your favourite corvid and why?
I wrote about crows, simply because I wanted to write a story with the title “Murder of Crows”. But they are not my favourites. My favourite corvids would have to be Australian Magpies, mostly because of their swooping reputation. I love the fierce protective nature behind the swooping. And I adore that the magpies’ swooping because, like so many other things in the magnificent country of Australia, it seems to terrify the tourists.
My website is https://georgeivanoff.com.au.
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