Writers Talk at ZSL London Zoo - Glyn Maxwell on the Mallorcan midwife toad - Tues 12th Nov
12 Nov 2013 – 6:30 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.
Shortlisted for this year's Forward Prize with Pluto, his brilliant new collection about internet dating.
Glyn Maxwell is an established poet and dramatist. He lives in London and is the Poetry Editor of The New Republic and Professor of Writing at New York University and Essex University.
He has won several awards for his poetry, including the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997), and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Nerve (2004). His collection of poems , Hide Now, was shortlisted for both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes (2009). His critical guidebook On Poetry sold out its first run within five days. ‘…this is the best book about poetry I have ever read; certainly the only one that’s made me laugh out loud’(Adam Newey, The Guardian).
Pluto is Glyn’s new collection (published this Spring), while his edited book of Walcott’s Collected Poems 1948-2012 is scheduled for publication later this year. He also reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books. Glyn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Welsh Academy and The Zoological Society of London.
Glyn also writes for opera and theatre and has also written extensively for radio including an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Gambler (starring Patricia Routledge)for BBC Radio 3 and The Herald in the Sky (from Fact to Fiction for BBC R4).
For the screen,Glyn is writing a screen version of Henry James’ novella The Beast In The Jungle and a short film adaptation of Kipling’s Mary Gloster.
Glyn Maxwell covers a greater distance in a single line than most people do in a poem’- Joseph Brodsky
Why the Mallorcan Midwife Toad? 'Alytes muletensis' is beautiful and vulnerable, as well as being one of those rare animal species where the male does something surprisingly helpful - carries the eggs around for the female. But most of all I thought I'd write about it because until 1979 its story was thought to be over, and it isn't. So now I can help to tell it." - Glyn Maxwell
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.
Featuring ZSL Team Leader of Herpotology: Ben Tapley (ZSL Institute of Zoology)
Ben’s interest in amphibians and reptiles started as a small child. Thankfully his interest was nurtured by his long suffering parents who put up with finding snakes wrapped around curtain poles and frogs under his bed.
Ben developed his passion into a career and trained as a conservation biologist, his work with amphibians and reptiles taking him all over the world, most recently working on a captive breeding project with mountain chicken frogs in Dominica and with midwife toads in Mallorca.
Ben’s particular area of interest lies in the captive management of amphibians and reptiles for conservation and research purposes. Ben currently works at the Zoological Society of London where he is the Team Leader of the Herpetology Department.
Glyn Maxwell's talk: 7.10pm
Ben Tapley's talk: 7.30pm
Meet the Author, book signing: 8.15pm
Alcoholic & soft drinks bar will be available throughout the evening
PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT WILL BE THE ZOO'S MAIN ENTRANCE
Directions to ZSL London Zoo
Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 - Mon to Sun (8.30am - 5pm)
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