Freedom of Movement

On Demand (IF 2021)

1 hr 30 minPWYD

Performance | Environment & Nature, Literature & Poetry, Travel & Geography

How do animals get around in our modern world? Ecologists, storytellers, poets and comedians explore why animals move around and how human actions affect this movement. Take a spoken-word journey and see familiar landscapes afresh through the eyes of different species. Take charge of the story as we consider what can we all do to remove human-created barriers and give animals back their freedom of movement.

Watch the recording of the live public event

held on 22 October 2021 at IF Oxford


The following story was read out as part of this event. The digital audience voted on the different options at the end of the first scene, and also supplied the ideas – after breakout room discussion – used in  Vanessa’s final speech. The story was written by Gabriel Schenk, with input from Cathy Rose, IF Oxford Festival Manager, and Dr Emma Gardner, Research Fellow at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Read the story 

Three poems were created by poet Barbara Payne with input from Dr Emma Gardener. They were performed for the event by Mary Blake.

Read the poems 


Supported by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

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