One of the world’s leading experts in marine biology will be appearing at this year’s Jersey Festival of Words to discuss his latest book, described as ‘a rallying cry for help in a bid to repair our oceans’.
Alex Rogers, who is Science Director of the Norwegian foundation REV Ocean and Professor of Conservation Biology and fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford, has spent the past 30 years studying life in the deep ocean.
His new book, The Deep: The Hidden Wonders of Our Oceans and How We Can Protect Them,voyages deep into an alien world, bringing us right to the edge of what is known about our oceans today and showing how we are damaging them catastrophically through pollution, overfishing and the insidious effects of climate change.
Rogers, who recently served as a scientific consultant on the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, has spent the past 30 years studying life in the deep ocean. For his event at Jersey Arts Centre on Sunday 29th September he will be interviewed by photographer Matt Porteous, founder of Ocean Culture Life, a global collective of storytellers working together in order to build awareness and restore healthy oceans. The event will also feature an audience Q+A allowing attendees to question Professor Rogers directly.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Alex Rogers to the festival and looking forward to what promises to be a fascinating event,” said Jersey Festival of Words, vice-chair, Paul Bisson. “The issue of environmental restoration has never been more urgent, and it is our pleasure to be able to connect one of the foremost experts on the topic with those who share a passion for the sea. We’re also grateful to event sponsor Ports of Jersey, and to Matt Porteous and Ocean Culture Life for their involvement.”
Other Festival of Words acts confirmed for the Arts Centre include Jersey-based author Deborah Carr and Raynor Winn, author of Sunday Times bestseller and Costa Book Awards shortlist The Salt Path, an insight into one woman’s remarkable journey along the 630-mile South West Coast Path.
Jersey Festival of Words takes place between 25 and 29 September. More information on Jersey Festival of Words can be found at www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org.