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An Evening with Mark Cocker

Join us for an evening in the shop with the brilliant Mark Cocker as he discusses his new book 'Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet'.

We are lucky here in Norwich to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural surroundings in the country. We are even luckier to have living amongst it some of the foremost writers about the natural world, and chief amongst them, Mark Cocker. He needs little introduction so wide is his reach and so long his list of achievements, but I will mention two recent volumes of his: The spectacular Birds and People from 2013, and this years Claxton - of particular interest to Norfolk folk...

'After Mark Cocker’s glorious book, you will never look at a blackberry bush the same way again.'
Philip Hoare, New Statesman

In a single twelve-month cycle of daily writings Mark Cocker explores his relationship to the East Anglian landscape, to nature and to all the living things around him. The separate entries are characterised by close observation, depth of experience, and a profound awareness of seasonal change, both within in each distinct year and, more alarmingly, over the longer period, as a result of the changing climate. The writing is concise, magical, inspiring.

Cocker describes all the wildlife in the village – not just birds, but plants, trees, mammals, hoverflies, moths, butterflies, bush crickets, grasshoppers, ants and bumblebees. The book explores how these other species are as essential to our sense of genuine well-being and to our feelings of rootedness as any other kind of fellowship.

A celebration of the wonder that lies in our everyday experience, Cocker’s book emphasises how Claxton is as much a state of mind as it is a place. Above all else, it is a manifesto for the central importance of the local in all human activity.

Come and be enchanted by this wonderful book and it's author. Drinks - and signed copies - available, of course.



FREE - 6.30PM

Earlier Event: December 5
Ann and Anthony Thwaite
Later Event: December 11
UEA Live presents Tash Aw