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  • Series: Sophia Centre Master Monograph
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907767425
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm


Studies of the beneficial and transformative qualities of encounters with nature typically focus on ‘green’ or grounded nature. In Sark in the Dark, Ada Blair shifts this focus upwards to a refreshing encounter with the richness of the dark night sky. In this book, she documents the research she conducted while at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David into the culture and history of the world’s first designated Dark Sky Island. Through a series of interviews with Sark residents, as well as poignant self-reflections, Blair explores the importance of the dark sky on human wellbeing and community.

Sark in the Dark

Wellbeing and Community on the Dark Sky Island of Sark

Table of Contents


Marek Kukula

Nicholas Campion

Chapter 1

Sark the Island and its Dark Sky

The Nature of Islandness

The Journey to Becoming a Dark Sky Community

The Birth of the Sark Astronomy Society (SAstroS)

Shining the Light: Focusing the Research

Chapter 2

Scanning the Skies: Identifying Themes

The Human Desire to See the Night Sky

Commercialisation: Astronomical Tourism

Heritage and Nostalgia Tourism

Fear of the Dark

The ‘Nature’ of Nature

Nature and Wellbeing

Chapter 3

Sharpening the Focus: Setting up My Research

Research Strategy 

Gathering the Data

Chapter 4

Bifocal Vision: My Results and Discussion

Meaning and Significance

The Human Desire to Connect with the Sky

Community: Observing the Sky with Others as a Means of Building and Maintaining Family/Community Connection

Feelings Through Observing the Night Sky

Nostalgia: Childhood Memories of the Night Sky

Fear and Fearlessness of the Dark

The Dark Sky Movement and Astronomical Tourism

Skyscape and Landscape


Chapter 5

Images Emerge: Present and Future Perspectives 


Possible Areas for Future Research

Final Thoughts





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