‘Having a bit of a tinker’: John Clarke, birds, and the daily pleasure of writing

Photographing birds and tinkering with words were two of John Clarke’s favourite pastimes. Here they come together in excerpts from a new book showcasing his body of work

John Clarke loved birds. Spending time in the bush, camera at the ready, bird photography was his favourite pastime, his relaxation, his happy place.

As the late comedian told Australian BirdLife magazine in 2012, birdwatching gave him perspective on the world and acted as a counterpoint to his working life in comedy.

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