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Amitav Ghosh in Conversation

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Hear from the leading author and cultural thinker as he delivers a keynote address and talks to Gaia Vince about the need for storytelling in an age defined by climate breakdown.

From climate change epic Gun Island to his seminal book-length essay The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Amitav Ghosh’s work has diagnosed a broad failure in our literature and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.

Now, in conversation with writer Gaia Vince,Ghosh reflects on his work, the changing nature of climate politics, and the crucial need to confront this most urgent issue of our times.

Anthropologist and writer Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Considered as one of the most influential Indian writers, Ghosh is the author of titles including The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, The Hungry Tide and The Ibis Trilogy.

His most recent works are The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, on the issue of climate change, and Gun Island, translated into more than thirty languages.

His essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic and the New York Times. Amitav Ghosh holds two lifetime achievement awards and four honorary doctorates.

Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster interested in the interplay between humans and the planetary environment.

She has held senior editorial posts at Nature and New Scientist, and her writing has featured in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times and Scientific American.

She also writes and presents science programmes for radio and television. Her research takes her across the world: she has visited more than 60 countries, lived in three and is currently based in London.

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