Festival writer in residence Professor Mark Rowlands tells what he learned after answering an ad in his local newspaper ‘wolf cubs for sale’ and becoming the owner of a wolf. The bestselling story is about the wolf called Brenin and how it came to be Rowlands’ best friend and greatest teacher during their 11-year relationship. Rowlands takes what he learned from Brenin and uses it to examine the fundamental questions of human existence.
Rowlands is professor of philosophy at the University of Miami, author of a dozen books including Running With The Pack, and a founding fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He is one of two writers in residence at this year’s festival and features at a second event about Running With The Pack.
This event is held in association with The Landmark Trust, a building preservation charity established to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and to let them as holiday homes. There are two properties in Oxford, the Old Parsonage in Iffley and the Steward’s House in the Oxford Union.