Alanna Mitchell is a strategic communications expert who specializes in translating science into narrative. She was a journalist at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, for 14 years until late 2004. Her areas of expertise were earth sciences, the environment, social statistics and behavioural trends. Before that, she was a business journalist at The Financial Post for three years. In 2000, the IUCN and the Reuters Foundation named her the best environmental reporter in the world for her report on the vanishing forests of Madagascar. That led to a term of study at Green College, Oxford University in 2003 where she studied with Norman Myers.

She is the author of Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World’s Environmental Hotspots, which was published in 2004 in Canada (Key Porter Books) and in 2005 in the U.S. (University of Chicago Press) and the U.K., Australia and New Zealand (Transworld). It was named one of the five best non-fiction books in Canada in 2004 by Quill & Quire, the publishing industry’s trade magazine. It has enjoyed international critical acclaim.

Mitchell has an undergraduate degree (cum laude) in Latin literature and English from Trinity College, University of Toronto. She also holds a degree in journalism (Bachelor of Applied Arts) from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Festivals: 2009 (spring)

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