Our speaker and his topic
Lev Parikian is a writer and conductor living in London.
His five books cover a range of subjects:
- Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? is the story of his return to birdwatching after an absence of 30 years;
- Into The Tangled Bank explores our relationship with the natural world;
- Light Rains Sometimes Fall is a year of nature on his local patch;
- Music To Eat Cake By is a collection of essays on subjects given to him by readers; and
- Waving, Not Drowning is a lighthearted look at the mysterious world of orchestral conducting.
Into The Tangled Bank was longlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. He is currently working on a sixth book, about flight in the animal kingdom.
Lev also writes a regular column for The Guardian’s Country Diary, has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement and features for Bird Watching magazine. As a conductor, Lev is devoted to the rich world of amateur music-making, and works with several London-based orchestras. He has also produced two CDs, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the City of Oxford Orchestra, of music by Stuart Hancock and Roland Roberts. A particular highlight was conducting the theme tune for The Missing Hancocks for BBC Radio 4 with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
'Why do birds suddenly disappear?' tells the story of Lev's return to birdwatching after a gap of 30 years. You can find out more about it here.
The talk will tie in with the book, telling the story of how Lev came to forget about his childhood love of birds, how it came surging back into his life about ten years ago, and how he set himself the challenge of seeing 200 British birds in a year. He’ll talk about some of the places he visited, memorable moments and successes – and of course failures – and what it has meant having birds back in his life. He’ll also read some short extracts from the book, and would welcome a Q&A session at the end.
This talk is a zoom meeting.
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