Brett Westwood looks at the nature and culture of the spider and follows its various weavings through the human imagination.
Brett Westwood blows away the cobwebs to reveal tales of spiders as objects of fear, merciless femmes fatales and tricksters too. Featuring interviews with the Natural History Museum's spider curator Jan Beccaloni, naturalist Rosemary Winnall, president of Buglife and writer Germaine Greer and tarantula keeper Gemma Wright. Readings Brian Protheroe. Producer: Tom Bonnett.
Her current research areas include ticks from an ancient Egyptian tomb, and the conservation of museum spirit collections. She runs training courses on spider morphology and behaviour, alongside anti-arachnophobia workshops and has handed a live tarantula to Prince William and giving a spider presentation in front of Sir David Attenborough.
Professor Barbara Creed
Her books include: The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis; Phallic Panic: Film, Horror & the Primal Uncanny and Darwin¹s Screens: Evolutionary Aesthetics,Time and Sexual Display in the Cinema. Barbara¹s forthcoming book is entitled Stray: Human/Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene.
Her ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999); White Beech: The Rainforest Years.
Dr Emily Zobel Marshall
She is an expert in the role of trickster figures in the literatures and cultures of Africa and its Diaspora and is the author of Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance and has also published widely in journals such as World Literatures Written in English, Caribbean Quarterly, Wadabagei, Jamaica Journal and Wasafiri.
Rosemary Winnall, MBE
She runs the Wildlife of Wyre website and is an author and an editor of the book: The Nature of Wyre – a wildlife-rich area in the heart of Britain, Edited by Brett Westwood, Peter Shirley, Rosemary Winnall and Harry Green. Rosemary was awarded the MBE in 2015 for her contribution to the Natural Environment in the Wyre Forest.