Being a Beast, Charles Foster’s Foraging Foray

What is the quintessential difference between humans from their co-inhabiters of Earth? Is the line between man and animal one so easily drawn? And could a man, with enough conviction, turn himself into a beast?

Charles Foster‘s book, Being a Beast, wonders too. Called “wild and whimsical” by The Times, and “funny and profound” by The Guardian, this book is a unique find. Dedicating himself to the task of understanding the private lives of beasts, Charles lived (and ate) as a badger for weeks, hid in rivers like an otter, and lay waste to the content of London bins like an urban fox. An Oxford Fellow, Charles specialises in anthropology, evolutionary biology, philosophy and natural history. The result of his wild adventure and wilder curiosity is this memoir, filled to the brim with outrageous anecdotes coupled with species study and neuro-scientific explorations. This is an intimate study of the all things bright and beautiful and the human animal. Really beastly business.

Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Common Ground, the West Dorset based environmental arts charity.

Book tickets to see Charles Foster in conversation with James Crowden, prepare for something special.

Saturday 12th November / Event 24
Time: 2.30 pm
Tickets: £12
Location: The Electric Palace

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

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How to Read Water – A Leaf out of Tristan Gooley’s Book for Nature Lovers

Interpreting ponds, identifying dangerous water, reading the sea and navigating by puddle. For Tristan Gooley, understanding nature is second nature.

His New York Times Bestseller, How to Read Water, is a comprehensive guide to the ever-changing element, and an indispensable one to the curious explorer. Drawing on his personal adventures, Tristan offers us a greater understanding of water and its relationships with the earth below and the stars above, as he explains tides, cosmic pulls, and the secret language of beaches. Called “breathtaking” by the Sunday Times, “revelatory” by The Royal Institute of Navigation, and “seriously fascinating” by The Times, this book is a jewel in its field for the nature-lover.

Catch Tristan’s illustrated talk during the festival, and learn more about the world we live in.

Tuesday 8th November / Event 8
Time: 11.00 am
Tickets: £10
Location: The Bridport Arts Centre

To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901

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