Crimes Against Nature
with Corinne Le Quéré CBE and Ben Smith
Focusing on the facts behind the threat of climate change and how they have been used to inspire fascinating crime fiction, our expert panel features Corinne Le Quéré CBE, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science , and Dr Ben Smith, lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth and author of the speculative ‘mystery’ novel Doggerland. Together they will discuss the threat of nature, the growing popularity of ‘eco-crime’ fiction and how the debate around environmental degradation could open up new creative avenues in your writing.
This event will be chaired by Jean McNeil.
About the speakers
Professor Corinne Le Quéré CBE FRS is a French-Canadian scientist. She is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.
Ben Smith is based in North Cornwall, where he lives with his partner, the author Lucy Wood and is a creative writing lecturer at Plymouth University. His first poetry pamphlet, Sky Burials, was published by Worple Press and his poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous outlets. As an academic, he specialises in environmental literature focusing particularly on oceans, waste and the ‘Anthropocene’, relating to human impact on geology. He is one of the founding editors of The Clearing, a magazine about landscape and place. Doggerland is his first novel.
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