Event

How to Be Animal – Melanie Challenger (cancelled)

Friday 22 May
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
10.30 - 11.30am
£8.50

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet, but how well do we really know ourselves?

Through a blend of natural and environmental history and philosophy, award-winning researcher and writer Melanie Challenger argues that at the heart of human psychology is a profound struggle with being animal. A remarkable look at human existence, our animal nature and our relationship to other species.

‘Challenger is an exquisite writer’ – Observer

Melanie Challenger studied English literature and language at Oxford University and has since worked as a researcher on the history of humanity and the natural world, and environmental philosophy. Her first book On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature (2011) was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best non-fiction books of 2012, longlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year and received the Santa Barbara Library’s Green Award for environmental writing. Melanie received a Darwin Now Award for her research among Canadian Inuit and the Arts Council International Fellowship with British Antarctic Survey for her work on the history of whaling. From 2007-2010, she was a Fellow at the AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity at University College London. Website

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City of Literature weekend is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.

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May 22, 2020 10:30 am May 22, 2020 10:30 am Europe/London How to Be Animal – Melanie Challenger (cancelled) Writers' Centre Norwich –

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet, but how well do we really know […]

The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich