Cloudspotting for Beginners with Gavin Pretor-Pinney
25/11/2019 7:00 pm – 28/11/2019 8:00 pm
Gavin will take you on an illustrated tour of the sky in this enlightening and entertaining talk. He will show how to recognise many of the varied and beautiful cloud formations, from the fair-weather cotton tufts of Cumulus to the UFO shapes of lenticularis clouds and the surreal undulations of fluctus clouds. Gavin will explain why clouds look the way they do and how they reveal the invisible movements of our atmosphere. You will learn why clouds are the most evocative and poetic aspect of nature, how cloudspotting is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the digital world, and why spending a few moments each day with your head in the clouds will help you keep your feet on the ground. Looking up will never be the same again!
You will find more information about each event through the organisers’ websites below. Each talk will be followed by a book signing.
When: Monday 25 November, 7pm-8.30pm
Where: Blackwell’s Bookshop, University Green, 146 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GP
For more information and to book tickets, please visit the event page.
Atkinson-Pryce Books, Biggar
When: Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm
Where: Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop, 27 High Street, Biggar ML12 6DA
For more information and to book tickets, please visit the bookshop website.
The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells
When: Wednesday 27 November, 7.30pm
Where: The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells, Scottish Borders TD6 0AT
For more information on the talk and to book tickets, please visit the event page.
The Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh
When: Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm-8pm
Where: The Portobello Bookshop, 46 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 1DA
For more information and to book your ticket, please visit the event page.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney started the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2005. Since then, he’s been encouraging people to ‘look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and always remember to live life with your head in the clouds.’ Membership to the Society now includes over 47,000 cloudspotters. Together, they capture and share the most remarkable skies, from sublime thunderstorms and perfect sunsets to hilarious clouds that look like things.
Top image: Altocumulus lenticularis, spotted over Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand by Tania Ritchie
Author image photograph by Bill Bradshaw.