5.00pm, Monday 30th November 2020 (online)


Prize-winning poet Pascale Petit and award-winning wildlife film-maker Shekar Dattatri will be chaired by Ruth Padel, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, author of Tigers in Red Weather.


Free tickets are available on Eventbrite here.



We know coronavirus came from human intrusions into the wild, that we are destroying nature by intruding on it, that wildlife everywhere is facing imminent mass extinction. How do we articulate all that to ourselves, what are the reasons – and what can we do about it?


SHEKAR DATTATRI is a pioneer of Indian wildlife and conservation filmmaking, and co-founder of Conservation India. His natural history films have received international recognition at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival USA and Earthvision Japan, among others, while his conservation films have helped bring about tangible change. He has worked with leading natural history broadcasters including The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC, as well as officiated on the juries of prestigious international wildlife film festivals, including Wildscreen in the UK. From 2007-2010 he served on India’s National Board for Wildlife.


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PASCALE PETIT is a British poet of French, Welsh and Indian heritage, renowned for her rich imagery, relish for language and ingenuity of her imagination. She grew up in France and Wales, began life as a visual artist, and is a passionate laureate of the natural world and alive to the effects human activity on it. She has won the Ondaatje Prize and inaugural Laurel Prize and her new book Tiger Girl, shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize, is set in Indian tiger forest and memorializes her Indian grandmother.


RUTH PADEL‘s books include a tiger conservation memoir, Tigers in Red Weather, and her novel on wildlife conservation and crime, Where the Serpent Lives. Recent poetry collections include Darwin – A Life in Poems on her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, and We are all from somewhere else, a poetry and prose collection on human and animal migration in an age of environmental crisis.