After last year’s roaring success, the Zoological Society of London are back with a second helping of writer’s talks at London Zoo. The ground-breaking series, launched by council member and poet Ruth Padel, begins next month and will see authors team up with experts from the zoo to create work about endangered species, helping to highlight the role culture plays in promoting animal understanding.
Six writers have been asked to create an original piece of text in response to an animal of their choice, while ZSL experts will talk about ecology and conservation. Every talk will take place in a relevant animal enclosure so audiences can ask the author, scientist and zookeeper questions, as well as having books signed over a glass of vino (watch out for thirsty primates).
Writers this year include Randal Keynes, David Harsent and Susie Orbach, and penguins, Asian lions and African hunting dogs will all be on the agenda. Louise Doughty kicks off the series on May 7 with her talk on Okapi, a bonkers-looking beast resembling both a giraffe and zebra! Definitely worth saving. Stephanie Hartman
The talks run from May until October at London Zoo. Tickets: £12 available from zsl.org/arts or by phone: 0844 225 1826