The History and Future of Climate Change Novels
For the launch of Realistic Utopias – a collection of new writing on our rapidly changing world – we asked Mary Woodbury to take us through the history (and future) of books exploring our environment and climate change.
Realistic Utopias - A Collection of New Writing
Read a new collection of five stories and poems from emerging writers that take a personal look at our rapidly changing world. All five pieces are inspired by discussions that took part during our Weatherfronts event, and aim to spark further change.
Best Reads of 2016 from Free Word
As the end of the year approaches, we look back at Free Word's best reads of 2016. Here are eight of our favourite essays and blogs by guest writers from around the world.
#COP22poem: A Climate of Creativity
As part of the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) Dan Simpson crowdsourced this poem; we asked you to join in to help us create a brand new climate change-themed poem authored by you, the global community.
Climate Changed: Five Fictional Survival Guides
Our climate and our world are changing rapidly around us, a fact that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Mary Woodbury, creator of eco-fiction.com, shares five books to help us harness human nature for the greater environmental good.
Looking Back at Multilingual Creativity
In a final blog, journalist Anita Sethi rounds up the insights gathered from Free Word & Cultural Institute at King's Multilingual Creativity Series.
The Book Inside: Shot At By Both Sides
Eritrean-born writer Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia explores the barriers he has overcome as a writer, and shares how he has worked to stay true to his identity in the face of personal challenges.
The Book Inside: Not A Man
Alisa Ganieva, a Russian writer who published her first book under a male pseudonym, explores the social and political climate of Russia and what this means for her work, particularly as a woman writing in Russia today.
The Book Inside: An Occasionally Unpublishable Writer from China
Chan Koonchung, a sinophone writer born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, shares his personal experience of literary censorship in mainland China and what this means for his work.
It's Not About Passing
Polish to English translator Tul’si (Tuesday) Bhambry shares her thoughts on inverse translation - translation done from the translator’s native language into one acquired later in life - and explores the etymology and history of this phrase.
The Book Inside: My Writing and I
Salma, a poet and novelist from a small village in southern India, explores the challenges she has faced as a writer and shares how the act of writing has allowed her to free herself.
The Book Inside: An Interview with Rebecca Swift
As The Literary Consultancy (TLC) prepares for its 20th anniversary, we ask editor, writer, and co-Founder Rebecca Swift about her work setting up TLC and why she thinks people want to write, no matter the risks.