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An evening with Jay Griffiths

Date: 16 July 2009 Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Auditorium,The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

A reading and question and answer session with Jay Griffiths, the author of Wild.

"There is no getting away from the book's brilliance … Hoping to pin down our relationship with wildness in a book was always going to be a tough call, but in this raucous, unsettling, life-enhancing work, Griffiths comes close" (Anthony Sattin, The Sunday Times)

In Wild, Jay Griffiths describes an extraordinary odyssey, courageous and sometimes dangerous, to wildernesses of earth and ice, water and fire.

A poetic consideration of the tender connection between human society and wild lands, the book is by turns funny, touching and harrowing. It is also a journey into that greatest of uncharted lands - wild mind - as Griffiths explores the words and meanings which shape our ideas and our experience of our own wildness. Wild is an evocation of the songlines of the earth, the result of long journeys among Native people; meeting cannibals; anchoring a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; drinking shamanic medicine with Amazonian healers; visiting sea gypsies and journeying to meet freedom fighters in West Papua. Jay Griffiths is keenly interested in indigenous thought, and writes to challenge the intellectual apartheid of the dominant global culture. The book argues that wild land is intrinsic to the health of the human mind. Above all Wild is a manifesto for the essential wildness of the human spirit.

Wild is passionate, political and provocative - a stunning exploration of all that is untamed and unnamed.

"Jay Griffiths is a five-star, card-carrying member of the hellfire club… a strange, utterly compelling book, Wild is easily the best, most rewarding travel book that I have read in the last decade" (The Guardian)

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology

Keywords: Environment, Literature


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