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As the debate around communicating the issue of climate science rages, and alerting the world to the impact of our changing climate becomes increasingly urgent, Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at UCL, reminds us, “The whole point about climate change is that it is not really about the science. It is about the sort of world we want to live in and what kind of future we want to create.”
Assessing the current political temperature and social climate, Weather Stations is an international project that places literature and storytelling at the heart of these conversations about climate change.
But how best to do this? How do writers look at climate change and write successfully about it?
Jay Griffiths explored these issues – and more – with panel members Mirko Bonné, Weather Stations Writer in Residence at internationalesliteraturfestival berlin, Tony White, former Writer in Residence at the Science Museum, and Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at UCL.
Weather Stations is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. This event was supported by the Goethe-Institut London.
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We asked the speakers from our Translation from Outside the Metropolis event to explore the topic further. Here, Mary Ann Newman, a translator of Catalan and Spanish, explores rural and urban issues in Catalan literature.
Acclaimed author Steven Uhly and British translator Jamie Bulloch read and discuss Kingdom of Twilight; a ground-breaking thriller that explores identity and home in traumatised post-war world.
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.