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Mark Cocker on Crows - Zoom Lecture

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Zoom Lecture Series Collaboration with New York's Morbid Anatomy, Mark Cocker - the pre-eminent nature writer of our times discusses Crows

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One night Mark Cocker followed the roiling, deafening flock of rooks and jackdaws which regularly passed over his Norfolk home on their way to roost in the Yare valley. From the moment he watched the multitudes blossom as a mysterious dark flower above the night woods, these gloriously commonplace birds were unsheathed entirely from their ordinariness. They became for Cocker a fixation and a way of life. In his book “Crow Country” – widely considered the best of the recent boom of nature writers - Cocker goes in search of them, journeying from the cavernous, deadened heartland of South England to the hills of Dumfriesshire, experiencing spectacular failures alongside magical successes and epiphanies. Step by step he uncovers the complexities of the birds' inner lives, the unforeseen richness hidden in the raucous crow song he calls 'our landscape made audible'. Crow Country is a prose poem in a long tradition of English pastoral writing. It is also a reminder that 'Crow Country' is not 'ours': it is a landscape which we cohabit with thousands of other species, and these richly complex fellowships cannot be valued too highly. Viktor Wynd is especially delighted that Mark Cocker has so generously consented to speak as for many years, obsessed by Crow Country, he has been trying to persuade Mark Cocker to leave Norfolk and come to London and give a talk. (photo Wynd with pet corvid Perdita . These are difficult times, more difficult for some than others, so we are ticketing these talks by donation - if you can £8 per ticket would be wonderfully kind but if you can't then £2 is most welcome.

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