Being a Beast
The creature that Frankenstein created was a monster, a beast. Mary Shelley portrayed brilliantly what it was like to be the creator and the hunted. But what is it like to be the beast? Charles Foster, a passionate naturalist, lived life as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms; came face-to-face with shrimps as he lived like an otter; and spent hours curled up in a back garden in East London and rooting in bins like an urban fox. He also lived like a deer and a swift. He provides an intimate look at the life of animals, bringing together neuroscience, psychology, nature writing, memoir and more wonderful moments of humour and joy, but also providing important lessons for all of us who share life on this precious planet.
This event will also include the first reading of a new poem by Helen Mort, commissioned specially for Frankenstein, culture and science.
This is one of the events in a special weekend of activity looking at Frankenstein, culture and science. It is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Mary Shelley lived in Bristol in 1815. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).