This is a panel discussion centred around long format non-scientific, non-fiction writing on issues of nature and conservation. The panel will bring together authors who have recently published books on subjects that are deeply linked to nature and to issues of conservation. It will be a platform for the authors to share their motivations, challenges and reasons for writing and for the audience to listen into an interesting discussion on how writers write, why they do and what relevance this may or may not have for the challenges of conservation that we face today
Main aims and goal of the workshop: The idea is to explore the growing territory in contemporary English writing in India, where researchers and activists have crossed over to being authors of subjects they have researched for many years. Part of the purpose of the workshop is to explore the challenges, motivations and craft of writing in the hope that those in the audience might get some insights into these processes. The other purpose of the workshop is to discuss and explore the ends such narratives and books can serve – how different, for eg., is it from scientific writing or from writing for the media on the same issues; what role, if any, can such writing play in conservation itself?
Panelists will include:
Kartik Shanker Director, ATREE and author;
Madhu Ramnath, Botanist and author;
Pranay Lal, Biochemist and author