Writers Talk at ZSL London Zoo - Mark Haddon on Galapagos tortoises
27 Aug 2013 – 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZSL conservation scientists and keepers team up with leading writers to talk about the animals in ZSL London Zoo. Alongside the animals, the writers speak imaginatively about their responses to them and ZSL’s experts talk about their ecology and conservation.
The audience will be able to ask questions of author, scientist and keeper and have books signed over a glass of wine.
These unique evenings will be held within the animal houses of London Zoo.
Mark on the Galapagos Tortoise "Is it sentimentality or are there parts of our humanity which we can understand only through our relationship with certain animals? The tiger, the horse, the tortoise, the eagle, the bear, the wolf, this will be a talk about some or all of these interconnected things: giant tortoises, Charles Darwin, longevity, animal minds, disability, zombies, silence, the storage of nuclear waste". - Mark Haddon
“He is a master of the excruciating family set-piece” (Guardian)
Mark is a Fellow of The Zoological Society of London.
Featuring Director of BIAZA: Dr Kirsten Pullen
Dr Kirsten Pullen’s role as Director of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) is wide-ranging, from animal care, education to conservation. She also deals with the legislative aspect of zoos in Britain and Ireland and takes part in lobbying the UK and EU parliaments. Her responsibilities include development and membership services, strategy and administration.
Chaired by Ruth Padel
Ruth Padel is a British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music. She has published a novel, eight works of non-fiction and eight poetry collections, most recently The Mara Crossing, which mixes poems and prose to explore migration.