Perks, Jack

Jack Perks is a wildlife photographer specialising in freshwater fish. Wildlife has always been his passion and inspiration throughout his career as a Natural History photographer. His early memories are fishing with a net and ice cream tub catching bullheads and tadpoles which eventually lead to him picking up a camera and documenting wildlife. His main focus is underwater photography, particularly in rivers. He has filmed and featured on SpringwatchCountryfile, The One Show & Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing.

Perrin, Jim

  Jim Perrin is one of the country’s leading rock-climbers and the author of fourteen books including The Villain (2005), his award-winning biography of the climber Don Whillans, and West (2010), a hugely acclaimed memoir about personal tragedy and his triumph over grief. He is Fellow of the Welsh Academy and Hon. Fellow of Bangor University.

Petit, Pascale

Pascale Petit is a poet who has published six collections, four of which were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She was born in Paris and lives in London. Her sixth book Fauverie was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Manchester Poetry Prize. The Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo in Paris; a city haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Fauverie endeavours to redeem the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species. Pascale is widely travelled, including in the Venezuelan Amazon, China, Mexico and Nepal. Her fifth book What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlowas shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year. Three of her books have been Books of the Year in the Times Literary SupplementObserver and Independent. She originally trained as a sculptor and tutors for Tate Modern and The Poetry School.

Phelps, Lyndall

Lyndall Phelps is an artist whose curiosity in the world around us has shaped her artistic output. Describing herself as an enthusiastic amateur of many things, her art practice embraces extensive research and collaboration with a wide range of individuals whose interests reflect her own, from pigeon fanciers to radar scientists. Science, history and the natural world, particularly ornithology, botany and horticulture, are recurring themes. Her work combines a range of media including sculpture, photography, video, sound, textiles, ephemera, multiples and works on paper. The installations are often deliberately playful, sometimes magical and at times surreal. She aims to invite a sense of wonder; that people experiencing her work will be curious and intrigued. Lyndall firmly believes that artists can play a positive and productive role in raising awareness of the many complex issues surrounding nature conservation and species protection.

Pollard, Nik

Nik Pollard is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. His work stems from a passion for the natural world and is generated from sustained, direct observation. He makes drawings and paintings in the field and develops ideas through printmaking in the studio. He has participated in a number of national and international art projects highlighting the importance and vulnerability of specific habitats and wildlife in support of conservation. His work has led to collaborations with schools, colleges, galleries and museums, engaging communities with the natural environment through residencies and workshops. He is a published writer and illustrator of children’s picture books and has served on council for the Society of Wildlife Artists. He trained at the Royal College of Art.

Porteous, Katrina

Katrina Porteous is a poet, historian and broadcaster, much of whose work involves a detailed and loving celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the Northumbrian coast where she lives. She has written extensively about local inshore fishing traditions, and often works in collaboration with artists and musicians, including painter James Dodds (Longshore Drift) and piper Chris Ormston (The Wund an’ the Wetter). Her long poems for BBC radio with producer Julian May include DunstanburghThe Refuge Box, and – with electronic composer Peter Zinovieff – Horse and Edge. Her most recent poetry collection is Two Countries (Bloodaxe, 2014).

Rands, Mike

Mike Rands is Executive Director of the CCI. After an early career as a research ecologist studying farmland wildlife populations in the UK, he developed and directed a programme of multidisciplinary conservation projects in over 100 countries for an international conservation organisation (ICBP). In 1996 Mike was appointed Chief Executive of the global conservation partnership, BirdLife International, before joining CCI as its first Director in 2009.

Rees, Martin

Martin Rees is a cosmologist and space scientist. He is based in Cambridge, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and, until recently, Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005–2010, and in 2005 was appointed to the House of Lords. He lectures, writes and broadcasts widely for general audiences. His books include Before the BeginningOur Final Century?Just Six NumbersOur Cosmic HabitatGravity’s Fatal Attraction, and From Here to Infinity: Scientific Horizons, an expanded version of his BBC Reith Lectures. Ever since Our Final Century? was published, he has been concerned with the threats stemming from humanity’s ever-heavier ‘footprint’ on the global environment, and with the runaway consequences of ever more powerful technologies. These concerns led him to join with colleagues in setting up a Centre for the Study of Existential Risks (CSER). This is based in Cambridge and has a strong international advisory board.

Remblance, Michelle

Michelle Remblance lives in, and enjoys exploring, Norfolk. Her love for nature is expressed in her writing, and she has recently completed a novel re-writing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in an attempt to try and understand why anyone would shoot an albatross. After researching hundreds of possible explanations that have spanned more than two hundred years, she has reached her own unique conclusions about this famous literary example of bird cruelty, and she can now turn her attention to Cock Robin.

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