Dr. Alex Lockwood and Dr. Emma Franklin

Dr. Alex Lockwood and Dr. Emma Franklin

Dr. Alex Lockwood is a writer and senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of The Pig in Thin Air (Lantern Books), a vegan memoir about the relationship between climate change and the food we eat. His debut novel The Chernobyl Privileges (Roundfire) was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award 2019. He has written journalism, fiction and nonfiction for The Guardian, Earthlines, Zoomorphic, Like the Wind, SWAMP, The Dodo, The Millions and more. He is a regular speaker at events and various vegan festivals. Connect at http://www.twitter.com/alexlockwood.

Dr. Emma Franklin is a linguist, a communications strategist for Animal Think Tank, and a member of the Research Group in Computational Linguistics at the University of Wolverhampton. Her main focus is currently on her research project with Animal Think Tank, in which she uses computational methods of linguistic analysis to help inform the organisation's narrative strategy. Her PhD project examined the potential of language to construe humans and other animals as killable – and even as inanimate, unkillable – entities. She feels passionately about the promotion of antispeciesist language interventions, and gives workshops on recognising our speciesism and using language more effectively in our activism. She has organised and/or taken part in a range of language-as-activism events, including Language Awareness, Earth First! Summer Gatherings, and Direct Action Through Discourse Analysis.