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David Farrier in conversation with Dan Richards

Join David Farrier as he talks about his book, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, which explores the traces of our lives that we might leave for the very deep future. This is a free 60 minute online event.

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Date and time 5 Aug 2021 2pm - 3pm
Location Online Status On sale

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Join David Farrier as he talks about his book, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, which explores the traces of our lives that we might leave for the very deep future. This is a free 60 minute online event.

During the event there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text, so your camera and microphone don’t need to be on.

Early booking is recommended. Saga customers must book their place by Monday 2nd August 2021.

About the book

What will the world look like ten thousand or ten million years from now?

In Footprints, David Farrier explores what traces we will leave for the very deep future. From long-lived materials like plastic and nuclear waste, to the 50 million kilometres of roads spanning the planet, in modern times we have created numerous objects and landscapes with the potential to endure through deep time.

'All decent people want to be remembered well. In the ancient world, moral life was often seen as the effort to be a good ancestor. If that's how you see things, David Farrier's brilliant, plangent book will leave you gasping with shame. Our grandchildren (if any survive) will look back on us with contempt.' Charles Foster, The Oldie

Our carbon could linger in the atmosphere for 100,000 years, and the remains of our cities will still exist millions of years from now as a layer in the rock. These future fossils have the potential to tell remarkable stories about how we lived in the twenty-first century.

'Footprints bears witness to the hastening catastrophe of the Anthropocene, illustrating not just the permanence of the traces humans leave behind, but also the impermanence of the human. Profound, urgent, transformative, it is a remarkable book.' James Bradley, author of Ghost Species

Through literature, art, and science, Footprints invites us to think about how we will be remembered in the myths, stories, and languages of our distant descendants. Travelling from the Baltic Sea to the Great Barrier Reef, and from an ice core laboratory in Tasmania to Shanghai, one of the world’s biggest cities, David Farrier tells a story of a world that is changing rapidly, and with long-term consequences.

David Farrier

David Farrier teaches English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He was a recipient of the Royal Society of Literature’s Giles St Aubyn Award, and his work has appeared in Aeon and The Atlantic.

Dan Richards

Dan Richards is the co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood) and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, Harper’s Bazaar, Caught by the River, Monocle and the Quietus. He is an RLF Fellow at Bristol University.

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1) The event is for Saga customers who have signed up to receive customer benefits (formerly Possibilities). You must have a MySaga account. Please visit www.saga.co.uk/membership/activate to create an account.

2) This is an exclusive event with limited spaces available. In order to attend you must book to reserve your space. To book, click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions.

3) Booking for this event will close 9am Monday 2 August 2021.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 2pm (BST) on Thursday 5 August 2021.

6) This event will be recorded. You are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon booking and joining the event. Saga reserves the right to use the recorded content for any purpose.

7) The event will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom can be accessed via your chosen internet browser. Alternatively you can download Zoom as an App for your PC and devices by visiting zoom.us/download.

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10) Your camera and microphone will be turned off upon joining the event. The names of attendees will be displayed during the event.

11) There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the event. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text. Saga cannot guarantee that they will be answered. The host may unmute you and allow video during the Q&A section of the event, but only if you are happy for them to do so.

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Virtual event
Date and time 5 Aug 2021 2pm - 3pm
Location Online Status On sale

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