Writers Talk at London Zoo - Jo Shapcott on the slender loris
14 May 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.
Jo Shapcott is a multi-prize-winning poet awarded most recently the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and 2011 Costa Book of the Year for her collection, Of Mutability. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College and earlier this year she was Poet in Residence at the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge. For her ZSL Writer's Talk, we have brought her from the Arctic to the Rainforest: she is now a ZSL Fellow, passionate about poetry and the environment, poetry and the body, poetry and science.
Why the Slender Loris? “I've chosen the Slender Loris for its intriguing name, for its night vision, for its air of mystery - and, sadly, because it's a species in decline, I want to celebrate it while it's still here.” - Jo Shapcott
'...There is about Shapcott's poetry a passionate reticence. Once in [animal] disguise, though, pressed into other skins and other perspectives, she howls and sings...' - The Times
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 Conservation Director: Prof. Jonathan Baillie
Jonathan is a global authority on the status and trends of threatened species. He is Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and works on a large number of projects which focus on monitoring the status of rare and threatened species.
Jonathan’s extensive fieldwork experience includes research and monitoring of western lowland gorillas in Gabon, Central Africa; developing ecotourism sites in Central Africa; monitoring rare endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea; and behavioural studies of desert baboons in Namibia.
Jo Shapcott: 7.30pm
ZSL Zoologist: 7.50pm
Meet the Author, book signing: 8.30pm
Alcoholic & soft drinks bar will be available throughout
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