We are delighted to announce the launch of the Mark Cocker Archive as part of nature writing collections within the British Archive for Contemporary Writing. The archive joins material from celebrated nature writer, and pioneer of the wild swimming movement, Roger Deakin. Richard Mabey, who has written and broadcasted widely on the connection between nature and culture, has also committed to depositing his archive at UEA.
Press release (dated 20 July 2016): https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/media-room/latest-news
Mark Cocker Archive: www.uea.ac.uk/bacw/nature-writing
Visitors can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment to view the archive. Opening hours are 9.30-12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday.
Mark Cocker, who graduated from UEA in 1982, is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, naturalist and environmental activist who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. His 10 books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir.
His archive contains notebooks, correspondence, draft manuscripts and typescripts, providing fascinating insights into Cocker’s working methods. Prof Christopher Bigsby, academic director of the BACW, described him as ‘undoubtedly one of our leading nature writers’.
Mark Cocker on depositing his archive at UEA: ‘The idea that the ‘stuff’ which inevitably accumulates around a writer, like bat guano on a cave floor, could be interesting or valuable to anyone else seems a rather amusing and very conceited notion to any author. Slowly, however it starts to seem less outlandish and more constructive. What exactly were you going to do with those bags of notes, those files of correspondence, those cassette-recorded interviews that you now lack the technology even to access? What was the point of keeping old journalism of three decades ago that voices opinions you no longer hold? Gradually I’ve come to appreciate how the UEA Archive is the answer to a host of unresolved questions. It is the light-filled junction at the end of many overgrown or disused paths. And having started some of those journeys while I was actually an English undergraduate at UEA, it has become all the more meaningful. So thank you, all at the archive team, and especially for helping to clear away a little of the chaos in my own private cave.’
Read the full announcement here: https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/media-room/latest-news
More about the Mark Cocker Archive: www.uea.ac.uk/bacw/nature-writing
Mark Cocker Website: www.markcocker.com