BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Does My Pet Love Me?

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Does your pet dog feel anger? Can rats feel joy? Can a crow plan for the future? Eleanor Rosamund Baraclough is joined by three experts to explore the emotional similarities and differences between humans and animals.

Nicky Clayton is a scientist and a dancer who began as a zoo-ologist and moved into psychology. She is Professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society. She is also Scientist in Residence at dance company Rambert and co-founder of The Captured Thought blog and project. Her expertise is in studying members of the crow family, who have huge brains for their body size, and in studying thinking with and without words.

Kim Bard is a Professor at the University of Portsmouth. She has studied the development of emotions, cognition, communication, and attachment in young chimpanzees for over 30 years. Her research concerns understanding the process of development in evolution.

Erica Fudge is Professor of English Studies and Director of the British Animal Studies Network at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She has written widely on modern and historical human-animal relationships and has recently finished a study of people’s lives with their livestock animals in early modern England titled Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough of Durham University, has presented Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts for BBC Four, Essays and Documentaries for BBC Radio 3’s special seasons on Forests and The Frozen North. She is author of Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas and is one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

Welcome to the Free Thinking Festival from BBC Radio 3. All weekend here at Sage Gateshead we’re gathering together a throng of talented individuals to wrestle, debate and celebrate the theme of this year’s festival: Emotion. Whether it’s the angry turn in contemporary politics,...

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