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The transformative power of words

Weather Stations

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Weather Stations places literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change; harnessing the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of our threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently.

The project website is now live - visit to learn more.

The project brings together five partners from across the world who have each established a weather station at their cultural institution: Free Word in London; internationales literaturfestival berlin; Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw; Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin and the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Weather Stations will take the political temperature and assess the social climate. With activists, philosophers, scientists and affected communities, each Weather Station will facilitate debates, host reading groups, attend meetings and organise a range of ways to explore how we might live our lives differently – adapting to a changed climate and preventing further degradation of our environment.

Each Weather Station will work with a Writer in Residence who will produce a body of work which explores our relationships with our changing environment, based on their experience and learning through the Weather Stations project. Free Word's writer is the novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, whose novel I am China will be released in June 2014. Each Weather Station will also establish a Sub-Station at a local school – facilitating workshops and activities that will engage students in key questions about living with our changing climate. Work at the Sub-Stations will explore how, in a materialistic world geared towards creating young consumers, do we nurture responsible young citizens, with the knowledge, inspiration and tools to fight for a sustainable future.

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.



Past Events

  • Past Event: Talking about the weather

    Thu 10 Jul 2014

    Free Word Lecture Theatre


    The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published in April, warned that human impact on climate was “unequivocal” and that its impacts would be felt across every continent. A month later a report by researchers at NASA and the University of California revealed that the collapse of a large part of Antarctica is now unstoppable.  … Read more