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Lev Parikian

Lev Parikian is a writer, conductor, and West Norwood resident. He has written four books, most recently Music To Eat Cake By and Into The Tangled Bank. His numerous conducting credits include the re-recording of the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour for Radio 4.

Lev is on a journey to discover the quirks, habits and foibles of how the British experience nature. Open a window, hear the birds calling and join him.

It's often said that the British are a nation of nature lovers; but what does that really mean? For some it's watching racer snakes chase iguanas on TV as David Attenborough narrates, a visit to the zoo to convene with the chimps; for others it's a far-too-ambitious clamber up a mountain, the thrilling spectacle of a rare bird in flight.

Lev Parikian sets out to explore the many, and particular, ways that he, and we, experience the natural world - beginning face down on the pavement outside his home, then moving outwards to garden, local patch, wildlife reserve, craggy coastline and as far afield as the dark hills of Skye. He visits the haunts of famous nature lovers - reaching back to the likes of Charles Darwin, Etta Lemon, Gavin Maxwell, John Clare and Emma Turner - to examine their insatiable curiosity and follow in their footsteps.

And everywhere he meets not only nature, but nature lovers of all varieties: ramblers, dog-walkers, photographers; loving couples, striding singles, families; kite-flyers, den-builders, grass-loungers; young whippersnappers, old farts, middle-aged ne'er-do-wells; beginners, specialists, all-rounders; or just people out for a stroll in the sun.

Warm, humorous and full of telling detail, Into the Tangled Bank puts the idiosyncrasies of 'how we are in nature' under the microscope. And in doing so, it reveals how our collective relationship with nature has changed over the centuries, what our actions mean for nature and what being a nature lover in Britain might mean today.

For Wild Norwood, local author Lev, will be reading from his new book Into the Tangled Bank, and the next day, three copies will be 'set free' into Wild Norwood - ready to be discovered and enjoyed.

Date: Wednesday 2 December
Time: 7pm - approx 8pm
Where: This will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. There is no need to have a Facebook account to view.
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Find our more about Lev here:
Website: levparikian.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LevParikianWriter/
Twitter: twitter.com/LevParikian
Instagram: www.instagram.com/levparikian/

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Into The Tangled Bank