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MARK COCKER is a multi-award-winning author of creative non-fiction, as well as a naturalist and environmental tutor. He writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. In 2018 he completed 30 years as a country diarist for The Guardian and Guardian Weekly and has now written well over 1,000 articles for both papers. His 12 books, covering works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir, include Loneliness and Time (1992), Birders (2001), and Birds Britannica (2005). His environmental history Our Place (Cape, 2018) was shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwright and the Richard Jefferies Prizes. The longest and most arduous of his projects, Birds and People (Cape, 2013), was published to international acclaim and was a collaboration with the photographer David Tipling. Between them his last four works have been shortlisted for nine awards. Crow Country won the New Angle Prize  in 2009 and A Claxton Diary won the East Anglia Book Award in 2019. 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 and in 1999 was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to study birds in magico-medicinal practices in Benin and Cameroon. He lives in Derbyshire on the street where he was born is married to the arts professional Mary Muir, from whom he gets many of his best ideas!

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