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Caspar Henderson on barely imagined beings

“Living things embody intricate structures that render them far more mysterious than atoms or stars” - Martin Rees

Join Caspar Henderson as he takes us  on a visual tour of some of the weirder and more wonderful beings in nature - like the yeti crab, or the zebrafish, or the famous honey badger - and asks us to consider what use is “nature” in the 21st century?  What are our responsibilities? Where may we find sources of hope? 

Caspar Henderson is a writer and editor with a particular interest in the natural world and human imagination. His Book of Barely Imagined Beings: a 21st Century Bestiary won a Society of Authors Roger Deakin award and a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton prize, a Society of Biology award and a British Book Design award.

His book has been described as 'utterly extraordinary' (Rob MacFarlane), 'my favourite natural science book of the year' (Robin Ince) and 'an eye-opening tour of real animals that no sane human could ever have invented' (Franz de Waal). 

We're at a new venue (again!) - this one is run by the...er...Masons, though don't worry we have not become a Masonic guild. It has a bar, which is open from 6.30. Come, get a drink and find a seat for a 7.30 prompt start. Fee is £3.50 to cover the room costs, please don't forget as we've lost money on the last two events. The bar will stay open after the event ends at 9.30.

Links for Caspar's work:

Recent reviews: http://www.barelyimaginedbeings.com/p/blog-page_22.html
Praise: http://www.barelyimaginedbeings.com/p/advance-praise-for-book-of-barely.html
On Borges: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/nov/23/caspar-henderson-rereading-jorge-luis-borges

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  • Mithun (.

    My first meetup in London and it was a good experience. Felt like it deserved more time.
    Looking forward to the next one.

    May 12, 2014

  • Kevin

    Well after that talk, I figured I should watch a bit of Blue Planet again. Great talk!

    May 7, 2014

  • eliana m.

    So sorry I have to change RSVP at the last minute: fighting against deadlines and behind schedules. Apols Jules and all. Hope someone else can get my spot and enjoy.

    May 7, 2014

  • Kate M

    Hi - do we pay on the door? Thanks.

    May 7, 2014

  • Alix de M.

    Drat, double-booked again. Sorry to miss this!

    May 6, 2014

  • Mariana Z.

    I'd love to go but sadly have plans...next time!

    May 6, 2014

  • Godfrey S.

    I regret I can't now get to this talk.

    May 6, 2014

  • gita s.

    my philosphy evening class has moved to wednesday evenings, so sorry to miss this

    May 6, 2014

  • bill t.

    family stuff means not going but sad to miss book for fiver and the meet up,

    May 6, 2014

  • Jules E.

    Signed copies of caspar's book will be available for a fiver

    May 6, 2014

  • philip

    so happy to find a stoic group. but iam afraid to be a stoic, is a lonely road

    May 4, 2014

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