A Place For The Wild with Hugh Brody and Jay Griffiths


Peter Pears Recital Room

08/10/2017 15:00 - 16:00

Past Event

Wild thing, you make my heart sing… As ever more of the planet’s wild places are destroyed, so it is vital that we understand their importance. Acclaimed, award-winning writers Hugh Brody and Jay Griffiths share their remarkable experiences.

Hugh Brody

is a British anthropologist, writer, director and lecturer. He is an Honorary Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, and an Associate of the School for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. In the 1970s he worked with the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, and then with Inuit and Indian organisations, mapping hunter -gatherer territories and researching Land Claims and indigenous rights in many parts of Canada. He was an adviser to the Mackenzie Pipeline Inquiry, a member of the World Bank's famous Morse Commission and chairman of the Snake River Independent Review, all of which took him to the encounter between large-scale development and indigenous communities. Since 1997 he has worked with the South African San Institute on Bushman history and land rights in the Southern Kalahari.

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, winner of the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA. Her second book, Wild: An Elemental Journey, was shortlisted for the UK's Orwell prize and won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award. ‘If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does’ – John Berger

“What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied. It is. Unmistakeable, unforgettable, unshamable, elemental as earth and ice, water, fire and air, a quitessence, pure spirit, resolving into no contituents. Don't waste your wildness: it is precious and necessary. " - Jay Griffiths: Wild, An Elemental Journey.