Writers Talk at ZSL London Zoo - Helen Dunmore on Sumatran tiger
11 Jun 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.
Helen Dunmore is a poet, novelist and children's writer, acclaimed among her adult novels especially for her Russia-based novels The Siege and The Betrayal, on the siege of Leningrad and its aftermath.
Her historical novels have been compared to Tolstoy and her most recent novel The Greatcoat is a ghost story. Among her novels for young people are the award-winning Ingo Chronicles.
Helen was the first recipient of the Orange Prize, is a prize -winning poet and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and The Zoological Society of London.
Why the tiger? "The solitary, charismatic tiger haunts the landscape of imagination from our earliest childhood." - Helen Dunmore
“An electrifying and original talent” - Guardian.
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 Head of Regional Programmes: Sarah Christie (ZSL Conservation Dept)
Sarah Christie has worked for ZSL since 1983. She began as a zoo-keeper and progressed to the curatorial office where she took on responsibility for the European zoo breeding programmes for Amur (Siberian) and Sumatran tigers, as well Amur leopards. This led to the establishment of the 21st Century Tiger and ALTA (Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) funding streams for field conservation, and also to a strong tiger field conservation programme at ZSL.
During her time as manager of ZSL's East and Southeast Asia programme, ZSL developed a range of field projects for tigers, including a “Tiger-friendly carbon credits” REDD+ project in Berbak National Park, Indonesia and a PhD study on the use of GPS-collar monitored translocations as a tool for mitigating tiger-human conflicts, also in Indonesia. Parallel to the latter, ZSL and the Indonesian govt have produced the world’s first official government guidelines for tiger conflict resolution, along with veterinary guidelines.
In the Russian Far East ZSL has an expanding programme of Amur tiger protection and study. ZSL also works with WildTeam Bangladesh on the conservation of the tigers in the Sunderbans, and is in the process of setting up tiger projects in Nepal and Thailand.
Sarah is now Head of Regional Programmes at ZSL, with oversight of ZSL's field projects in Africa and Asia as well as a strong continuing focus on the synergistic conservation benefits of zoo-wild linkages.
ENTRANCE FOR THIS EVE'S TALK IS THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE ZOO
Helen Dumore's talk: 7.30pm
Sarah Christies talk: 7.50pm
Meet the Author, book signing: 8.30pm
Alcoholic & soft drinks bar will be available throughout the evening
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