Laura McKay and Esther Woolfson

Laura Jean McKay and Esther Woolfson

How Do We Live With Other Species?

Festival of Ideas Online/
Tue 16 March 2021
18:00-19:00
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Laura Jean McKay and Esther Woolfson

How Do We Live With Other Species?

Laura McKay and Esther Woolfson
Tue 16 March 2021,
18:00-19:00
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Laura Jean McKay and Esther Woolfson reflect on the complex relationship between humans and animals.

McKay is an expert on animal communication and animal ethics. Her debut novel, The Animals in That Country, asks profound questions in an apocalyptic setting, imagining what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

Woolfson has lived with birds for decades, observing them closely and getting to know their always-individual ways. She now looks at the broader picture to examine some of the most complex ethical issues surrounding our treatment of animals, arguing passionately and persuasively for a more humble and humane relationship with the creatures who share our world. She explores the representation of animals in art, our consumption of them for food, our experiments on them for science and our willingness to slaughter them for sport, fashion and decoration, as well as examining concepts of love and ownership.

In conversation with philosopher and writer Julian Baggini.

Esther Woolfson book jacket

Laura Jean McKay’s The Animals in that Country is published by Scribe and Esther Woolfson’s Between Light and Storm: How We Live With Other Species is published by Granta. Buy copies of both books from Waterstones, our bookselling partners via the links.

Esther Woolfson credit Donna Murray Photography

 

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