Quick questions with Alok Jha – WORD Christchurch

We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on from 24 to 28 August.

Alok Jha is the science correspondent for Britain’s ITV News. Before that, he did the same job at the Guardian for a decade, writing news, features, comment and presenting the award-winning Science Weekly podcast. He has also reported live from Antarctica and presented many BBC TV and radio programmes.

Alok Jha
Alok Jha (image supplied)

What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?

Seeing it for the first time! I’ve heard about the city’s beauty, I’m looking forward to walking the streets and soaking up the atmosphere.

What do you think about libraries?

Some of the most important spaces in any civilised place. A place to imagine, dream and discover.

What would be your “desert island book”?

Cover of The periodic tableThe Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

I’m not a fan of being cold, uncomfortable or doing anything too adventurous or outdoorsy. Which may be surprising to those people who know I’ve been on an expedition to Antarctica.

Alok Jha appears in:
Water: Alok Jha, Sat 27 Aug, 11am
Tales from the Ice, Sun 28 Aug, 3.30pm
The Nerd Degree, Sun 28 Aug, 5pm

Cover of The Water bookMore

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