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Celebrated Nature Writers to Appear at Green Voices Research Group Launch

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The University of Worcester will launch its ‘Green Voices’ Research Group by welcoming two of the UK’s most highly-celebrated nature writers to a reading at Worcester Cathedral next month.

On June 3, Caspar Henderson and Richard Kerridge will read from their recent books in the Cathedral’s Chapter House. This is an event staged by the University’s Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts as its inaugural ‘Annual Event’ which, this year, celebrates the launch of the Institute's new Green Voices Research Group, led by Dr John Parham.

Through events, collaborative projects and publications, the Green Voices research Group will provide a focus for the study of ‘green culture’ and a forum and catalyst for the discussion of broader ‘green’ and ecological issues.

While first and foremost bringing together researchers in the ‘green humanities’ (from media and cultural studies, art and design, English and drama) it will also aim to develop links with a broader range of academic disciplines, including those in the sciences.

At the launch event, Caspar Henderson will read from his 2012 book ‘The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary’, which last year was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, a Society of Biology Award and the British Book Design Awards.

The book is an invitation to consider real creatures often stranger and more astonishing than anything dreamt of in the pages of a medieval bestiary. Described by one reviewer as being about ‘the Earth’s adventure as a whole’, the book captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew, as well as some we could never have contemplated.

Richard Kerridge will read from his newly-published book ‘Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians’, which has already been heralded as ‘a minor classic’ by reviewers.

The book is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature; the author’s passionate fascination with these creatures began as a boy, when his ‘back garden zoo’ began to fill with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts and Grass Snakes.

As well as capturing these creatures, he wanted to understand them, and this desire has continued during a lifetime of study, which has twice seen him receive a BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing.

Following their readings, both authors will engage in conversation with the audience, and the event will include an informal drinks reception.

The event will begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday June 3, with doors opening at 6.15pm. Admission is free and open to all, but places are limited so please reserve your place in advance by emailing rsvp@worc.ac.uk