Writers Talk at ZSL London Zoo - Ruth Padel on hummingbird, bleeding heart dove and amethyst starling
16 Jul 2013 – 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PHOTOS COURTESY OF Gwen Burnyeat
Ruth Padel is a British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music.
Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Council Member for the Zoological Society of London.
Why these tropical birds? “When I had my tonsils out aged seven I was given a pack of wild animal cards which included four hummingbirds. They have stayed with me ever since. As in Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” Birds are all around us, inhabitants of two worlds, land and air, they disappear to other worlds and come back, weaving the world together. but they are also the marker of the health for the environment. I wanted tropical birds for the centre of the world, the centre of biodiversity and these three birds in the Blackburn Pavilion seem to me to encapsulate all that.” - Ruth Padel
Featuring Director of the Institute of Zoology: Professor Tim Blackburn
Professor Tim Blackburn’s research interests encompass a broad range of topics in large-scale ecology and comparative evolutionary ecology. His early work focused on macroecology, including research programs in the causes and consequences of spatial variation in, and interactions between, abundance, geographic distribution and body size in animal assemblages across national to global scales.
While he still maintains an interest in these questions, most of his recent research has addressed the ecology and evolution of invasions, especially the causes of establishment success, and how invasions by exotic organisms (including humans) relate to extinctions of native bird species on oceanic islands. Professor Tim Blackburn is also involved with collaborations on biotic homogenization, comparative physiology and the evolution of egg coloration in birds.
Chaired by Martin Rowson
Martin Rowson is a British cartoonist and novelist. His genre is political satire and his style is scathing and graphic. His work frequently appears in The Guardian and The Independent.
Ruth Padel's talk: 7.30pm
ZSL Expert talk: 7.50pm
Meet the Author, book signing: 8.30pm
Alcoholic & soft drinks bar will be available throughout the evening
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