On 5th November (yes, Bonfire Night!) I was honoured to speak at the Linnean Society of London.
This reading/talk ended with some excellent discussion, followed by a jolly dinner with the delightful President, a few other LinSoc members, and my husband Dani.
There is a review of the event on the Linnean Society website.
It was quite a thrill to stand in the very room where Darwin’s & Wallace’s ideas were first announced (to a notably unenthusiastic audience at the time, it must be said). To my left was the great picture of Darwin, looking balefully out over the more animated audience.
It is said that Darwin wished, towards the end of his life, that he’d read more poetry. Happily, my talk was warmly welcomed by the current members of the Linnean Society.