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MARK COCKER is a multi-award-winning author of creative non-fiction, a naturalist and a writing tutor. He writes or broadcasts on nature 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 13 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 given 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 and is married to the arts professional Mary Muir, from whom he gets many of his best ideas! He serves on the committees of two local wildlife groups and in 2022 became honorary patron for Spurn Bird Observatory.

Should you wish to email, there is a contact form below the latest news tab above. He acts as a professional editor/consultant for other peoples’ writing. This service is administered exclusively by the wonderful Moniack Mhor writing centre in Scotland under their Made to Measure mentoring programme which is described here.

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