Carote Jahme

“interesting, insightful and very funny”
The Guardian

Carole Jahme is an award winning writer and broadcaster.

Carole has been in the vanguard of identifying primatology as one of the main areas of science where women have been pre-eminent. Carole’s book, Beauty and the Beasts, Woman, Ape and Evolution, was published in 2000.

Carole's dystopian Darwinian science fiction novel, Worth Their Weight in Blood, was published in 2012.

In 2015 Carole’s screenplay Fidelity Jane (adapted from Beauty and the Beasts) was shortlisted for the Sloan Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2015 she won the Science and Technology Facilities Council Award.
Carole’s screenplay adaptation, The Merry Wives of Munnar, has been selected for the BFI Shakespeare on Film season. On 28.04.16. The Merry Wives of Munnar will be debated during the Indian Shakespeares on Screen festival.

Carole specialises in evolutionary biology. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian, amongst other media. She’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Forthcoming Events


The Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology is taking place in Montpellier, 19th to 22nd of August 2018. Joint Congresses take place every six years and bring together four of the world's largest academic societies in the field of evolutionary biology: the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists.

Carole Jahme is the invited speaker for the II Joint Congress symposium 'Public communication? Don't shout...SCREAM outreach'.


Carole's talk, "Do's and Don'ts in Evolution Communication", will be presented on 20.08.18.





My 2016 Shakespeare screenplay adaptation The Merry Wives of Munnar is being showcased as part of the BFI Indian Shakespeares on Screen. 


On 28/04/16 from 13:30 to 15:00, at Asia House extracts from The Merry Wives of Munnar will help us debate the question: Have the Shakespeares on Screen Forsaken Shakespeare’s love of Science? 


This event will take place at the Studio at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G 7LP


RSC actors will perform extracts from The Merry Wives of Munnar and then the panel of experts, including Felicity Kendal and Victor Glynn, will debate the merits of setting Shakespeare in India. 


Use this link for more information and to book your tickets


  • I’m currently writing a new novel, which is full of laughter, tears, pathos and bathos.
  • I’m also developing a biography about two important Twentieth Century figures and their chance encounter, in London, in the early 30’s, that changed the course of their lives.
  • My screwball screenplay Fidelity Jane (adapted from my book Beauty and the Beasts) was shortlisted for the Sloan Award at Sundance 2015.
  • I’m continuing my research on the evolution of empathy at UCL.



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