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Taking Flight with Lev Parikian
Friday 4th August 2023, 7pm
In his new book, Lev Parikian, who is fast becoming one of Britain’s best loved nature writers, has turned his passion for nature and the world around us and his gift for inspiring wonder in his writing, to explore the how, why and when of flight in the animal kingdom. Flight has evolved four times through its evolutionary history of over more than 300 million years and it occurred in four distinct groups of animals: insects, pterosaurs, birds and bats. Lev has chosen fourteen species to chart and illustrate this remarkable history.
Lev Parikian is a writer, birdwatcher and conductor. He is the author of INTO THE TANGLED BANK, longlisted for the Wainwright Prize, LIGHT RAINS SOMETIMES FALL and WHY DO BIRDS SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR? He was born and grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in South London with his family, who are getting used to his increasing enthusiasm for nature. As a birdwatcher, his most prized sightings are a golden oriole in the Alpujarras and a black redstart at Dungeness Power Station. Lev was the instigator of the popular ‘Twitter Birdsong Project’ – a day-by-day guide designed to help beginners unravel the mysteries of birdsong. As a conductor, Lev is devoted to the rich world of amateur music-making, and works with several London-based orchestras. He has produced two CDs, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the City of Oxford Orchestra. A particular highlight was conducting the theme tune for The Missing Hancocks for BBC Radio 4 with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and was a percussionist before he became a conductor.