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On the Brink – Ben Okri Poem “Tiger”

Saturday 21 November 2020

Over the coming decade, a million species face extinction. It is estimated that 200 species go extinct every day.

We can remain silent or we can lend our voices however best we can to try to save them.

On the Brink took place online on Monday, November 30th at 7pm GMT to commemorate Remembrance Day for Lost Species (www.lostspeciesday.org). Our 20 writers and cultural figures read new work and spoke to specific animals at threat from extinction. You heard from:

  • Margaret Atwood on the Tasmanian devil
  • Homero Aridjis on the Vaquita porpoise
  • Emma Thompson on the puffin
  • Ben Okri on the tiger
  • Taiwanese artist Wu Ming-Yi on the pangolin
  • Bianca Jagger on the eastern gorilla
  • Judy Ling Wong on the snow leopard
  • Elizabeth Kolbert on the Sumatran rhino
  • Amitav Ghosh on the Irrawaddy dolphin

…as well as Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Lily Cole, Prerna Singh Bindra, Lydia Millet, Sangu Iyer, Laura Jean McKay, Laura Coleman and more.

David Lindo the Urban Birder, entomologist Erica McAlister, Mya-Rose Craig aka ‘BirdGirlUK’, and BBC Springwatch’s Gillian Burke were our four illustrious comperes.

Read More Here.

 

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