Zoe Palmer

“Travelling can be difficult, frustrating and at times frightening, but above all, it has inspired me to learn, laugh and live more from my heart.”

Zoe Palmer FRSA is a writer, opera-maker and environmentalist who is passionate about social justice and the transformative power of the arts. She is currently delivering the Royal College of Music’s research project Music and Motherhood: investigating the effects of music on postnatal depression.

She is co-Creator of Musical Rumpus, an opera series which has played to over 6,000 young children and families across the UK and abroad in venues including Saffron Hall, Rich Mix, Stratford Circus and Royal Opera House.

In 2008 she founded The Golden Company – an award winning enterprise that works to improve the wellbeing of young people 16-21 through interaction with nature in urban areas.

In 2014 she was shortlisted for an Observer Ethical Award – the company produces it’s own brand of urban honey and currently employs 15 young people on three stalls in Borough Market.

Zoë’s presenting credits include Treks in a Wild World for National Geographic, Globetrekker for Discovery and Fierce Earth on CBBC.  She has contributed to a number of publications on the subjects of feminine leadership and narratives of climate change.  She holds an MSc in Human Ecology, BSc in Anthropology and Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Leadership.

Other interests include diving (she is PADI qualified), horse riding, canoeing, trekking and samba.  Zoë studies bata drumming and currently holds a Headley Scholarship at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she is a student on the MA in Opera-Making.

ABOUT – Zoe was born and raised in Hackney, London on a diet of Dinah Washington and David Attenborough.