One Midsummer’s Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth – Mark Cocker’s Book Launch in Leek

Swifts don’t land but Mark Cocker’s new book is just about to. Come and hear him in conversation on the wonder of these small black birds.

Mark Cocker is one of our greatest nature writers. Captivated by swifts throughout his fifty years as a naturalist, he sets out to capture their essence in his new book One Midsummer’s Day, a wide-ranging celebration of all life on Earth.

Swifts are among the most extraordinary of all birds. Their migrations span continents and their twelve-week stopover, when they pause to breed in European rooftops, is the very definition of summer. They may nest in our homes but much about their lives passes over our heads. No birds are more wreathed in mystery.

Over the course of one day in midsummer Mark devotes himself to his beloved black birds as they spiral overhead. Yet this is also a book about so much more. Swifts are a prism through which Cocker explores the profound interconnections of the whole biosphere. From the deep-sea thermal vents where life was born to the 15 million degrees at the core of our Sun, he shows that life is a singular and glorious continuum. These birds without borders are a perfect symbol to express the unity of the living planet. But they also illuminate how no creature, least of all ourselves, can be said to be alive in isolation. We are all inextricably connected.

Come and join us on a midsummer evening and hear Mark in conversation with MCA’s Mark Johnson on this ‘jewel of a book’ (Caroline Lucas)

Free event. Bar available.

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Jul 12 2023


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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