Sunday 30 October The Beacon 4pm £7
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a wild animal? Charles Foster has. But whilst most of us would just sit and day- dream as we watched some TV wild-life documentary, Foster has gone to extraordinary lengths to find out for himself. A writer, barrister, veterinarian, and Fellow at the University of Oxford, Foster decided he would try living life as different creatures and, by doing so, consider the beast inside us all. He will be telling us all about this wild experiment on the final day of this year’s festival.
Foster attempted living as a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox and a swift. This scientific adventure took him on a journey of extraordinary thrills and surprises. For example, his six weeks as a badger involved sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms; as an urban fox, he found himself curled up in an East London back garden and rooting in bins. Why did he do it? A passionate naturalist, Foster knows that every beast creates a different world in its brain and lives in that world. For a human to live in another creature’s world is therefore a fascinating neuro-scientific challenge. Foster chronicles his findings in his acclaimed book ‘Being a Beast’. Described by the Financial Times as ‘nature writing as an extreme sport ‘, ‘Being a Beast‘ was published by Profile Books earlier this year, is now a New York Times best-seller and has been long-listed for the Baillie Gifford Prize. He has very recently been named joint-winner of this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Biology. An intimate and lyrical look at the lives of animals, neuroscience, psychology, nature writing, memoir and more, it provides us with important lessons on how to share life on this precious planet.
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