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 globalweatherstations.com 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.
The Irish Don’t Wear Anoraks
As part of our Weather Stations project, creating literary responses to climate change, Writer in Residence Oisín McGann crafts a story about unusual Irish weather forecasters, and the choices we make about coping with our changing climate. Read more
Tell it to the bees
We sent five writers to Australia to learn about climate change. German author Mirko Bonné reflects on his time there: waking up in a new season and seeing the world from another side. Read more
World Leaders Unite Against New Terrorist Threat
As part of our Weather Stations project, creating literary responses to climate change, Writer in Residence Oisin McGann reports on the drastic change of approach world leaders are taking towards climate change. Read more
From ego-story to eco-story
As part of our Weather Stations project, creating literary responses to climate change, our Writer in Residence Xiaolu Guo reflects on what it means to be remembered after we are gone. Read more
Why optimists make me sick
Our Weather Stations project sent five writers to Australia to learn about climate change. After an altercation over a cigarette on the streets of Melbourne, Polish poet Jas Kapela starts thinking about optimism, and how we're all reluctant to accept the news that we can't have what we want. Read more
Go the way of the dinosaurs
In her first post for the Weather Stations project, our Writer in Residence Xiaolu Guo casts her eyes back to the time of the dinosaurs to give our species some perspective. Read more
Weather Stations site launches
Our five Writers in Residence start a journey of discovery, launching our international project on climate change and storytelling Read more
Writers in Residence announced for Weather Stations
Weather Stations is Free Word’s innovative new project that brings together writers and cultural organisations from around the globe. With them we will spend the next 18 months exploring how writing and storytelling can help shape conversations about climate change – and ultimately how literature can inspire us to face up to the biggest challenge facing humanity today. We…Read more
Xiaolu Guo announced as Weather Stations Writer in Residence
Free Word, on Tuesday evening, announced that Xiaolu Guo would be their Writer in Residence for Weather Stations. Read more
Our shortlisted writers for Weather Stations
We are delighted to announce the three writers who have been shortlisted for residencies at Free Word for the Weather Stations project. Read more
Free Word announces ‘Weather Stations’
Free Word are delighted to announce Weather Stations, a brand new global project placing literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change. Launching in the new year, the project harnesses the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of our threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently. Weather Stations brings together five…Read more
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