How To Be Animal

Melanie Challenger

Friday 22 May, 10.30am

Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich NR2 1RP, UK

Tickets: £8.50

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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

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Venue: Adnams Spiegeltent , Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich NR2 1RP, UK

Duration: 1 hour

About Melanie Challenger

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.


Tickets: £8.50

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22 May

10:30 am


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