Amitav Ghosh at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Smoke and Ashes
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Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 2AB
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Leading author Amitav Ghosh joins 5x15 at Kew Gardens to discuss his new book Smoke and Ashes, a history of the opium plant. Limited tickets available!

Amitav Ghosh
Smoke and Ashes

Amitav Ghosh is the author of the bestselling Ibis trilogy, comprised of Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. His other novels include The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and The Glass Palace. He is the author of many works of nonfiction, including The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable and The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis. He holds two lifetime achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2015, he was named as a finalist of the Man Booker International Prize. In 2018, Ghosh became the first English-language writer to receive the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Rosie Boycott

Rosie Boycott is a cross bench peer in the House of Lords. For ten years she was chair of The London food Board, responsible to the Mayor of London for food policy in the City. She is a well known food activist with particular interest in food poverty, health, environment and agricultural sustainability. She is a trustee of the Food Foundation and Feeding Britain and chair of Veg Power. She was the co-founder of the feminist magazine Spare Rib and the editor in chief of three national newspapers: The Independent on Sunday, the Independent and the Daily Express.

Alexandre Antonelli
Introduced by

Professor Alexandre Antonelli is the Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is also Professor in Biodiversity and Systematics at the University of Gothenburg and Visiting Professor at the Department of Plant Science at the University of Oxford. Antonelli’s passion is nature, and his mission mirrors that of RBG Kew’s: to understand and protect biodiversity for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth. To this end, he studies the distribution, evolution,threats and sustainable uses of species and develops methods to speed up scientific discovery and innovation. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and his work has been cited over 12,600 times. He was named on the Web of Science/Clarivate 2020 and 2021 ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ list, which iidentifies pioneering researchers in the top 1% of their field. His first book, The Hidden Universe: Adventures in Biodiversity, was published in 2022.

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