Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Illustrated Talk


Have you ever found yourself gazing up at an extraordinary sky, wanting to know a bit more about why it looks like that? Help is at hand. We are delighted to announce that Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of A Cloud A Day, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 27th November to talk us through a beginners guide to cloudspotting.

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 cloud spotting 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!

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.


Portrait image © Bill Bradshaw.
Banner image: Altocumulus lenticularis, spotted over Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand © Tania Ritchie


Disabled Access information:
We operate our events in several venues, this can change according to ticket sales. Events in the bookshop, plus external venues are all fully accessible, however our event space in the barn at Mainstreet is only accessible via a wide, fairly steep staircase. Please check, when booking to ensure up to date information about the venue.

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Wed 27th Nov 2019
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