© Mark Cocker 2013
MARK COCKER is an author, naturalist and environmental tutor who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media.
His ten books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. His latest are Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet (2014) and Birds and People (both by Jonathan Cape), which was published to international acclaim in 2013 and was a collaboration with the photographer David Tipling. Between them the last two were shortlisted for six literary awards including the Thwaites/Wainwright Prize. His previous book Crow Country was also shorlisted for several awards, including the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the New Angle Prize (2009).
In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of East Anglia, where he has recently placed his archive.
He has travelled in more than 50 countries on six continents and in 1999 was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to study birds in magico-medicinal practices in Benin and Cameroon.
For the last 35 years his home has been in Norfolk, where much of his spare time is devoted to the restoration of a small wooded fen called Blackwater. He is married to the arts professional Mary Muir, from whom he gets many of his best ideas!