Project: Weather Stations
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.
Visit globalweatherstations.com to learn more.
Click on the link below to download a PDF of stories, poetry and commentary by writers Tony Birch (Australia), Xiaolu Guo (UK), Mirko Bonne (Germany), Jas Kapela (Poland) and Oisin McGann (Ireland) along with 5 students from each of the 5 countries and see for yourself the engagement and rousing writing as all writers sparkle with anger, enthusiasm and creativity.
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:
Xiaolu Guo will work with us here at Free Word.
Mirko Bonné will work with internationales literaturfestival berlin.
Jaś Kapela will work with Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw.
Oisín McGann will work with Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin.
Tony Birch will work with the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.
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.
Stories, Podcasts and Videos
Weather Stations: Free Word Launches an Anthology of Climate Change Writing
Free Word is back from the internationales literaturfestival berlin, where we celebrated the conclusion of our 18-month Weather Stations project and launched a remarkable anthology of stories, poems and commentary from the project. Weather Stations b…
Weather Stations Students Head to Berlin for International Youth Summit
Students from Arts and Media School, Islington, London - along with their peers from Germany, Ireland and Poland - are in Berlin this week to participate in the finale of Free Word's Weather Stations project at the international literature festival. …
Climate Change in Fiction: Five Books to Read
A climate change reading list of books that tackle the subject in ambitious, dramatic and very human prose. Including thoughts on each book from members of our dedicated reading groups.
Watch: Rhyme and Reason - The Poetry of Climate Change
Watch poets and spoken word artists discuss how they can help to create change through their writing and performance, contributing to the debate around climate change.
How I didn’t stop global warming. The Climate Diary of a concerned consumer
As part of our Weather Stations project, creating literary responses to climate change, Writer in Residence Jaś Kapela spent December 2014 documenting the daily challenges he faced as he tried to become a more conscious consumer.
10 Things I Have learned During My Fight Against Global Warming
On World Environment Day read Jaś Kapela's reflections about fighting - and writing - climate change.
How does climate change affect the way we write about the places we grew up? Tony Birch revisits the Yarra River in inner Melbourne with his sixteen year-old daughter, Nina.
Watch: Climate Change - The Stories We Tell
Watch writers and a climate scientist discuss how writers look at climate change and write about it successfully.
Listen: Rhyme and Reason - The Poetry of Climate Change
Listen to a recording of an event held at Free Word which explored how poets and spoken word artists can help to create change through their writing and performance, contributing to the debate around climate change.
Postcards from the Baltic Sea
Free Word's Weather Stations writer-in-residence, Xiaolu Guo visited Poland this month. Here is her diary from the trip.
Listen: Climate Change - The Stories We Tell
Listen to a panel that included writers and a climate scientist discuss how to write about climate change.
Watch: Trust and the Environment
Watch the highlights from our recent event on trust, the environment and young people.
Events & Exhibitions
Talking about the weather
- Thu 10 Jul 2014
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- Free Word Centre
Writing Climate Change
- Mon 26 Jan 2015
- 6:45pm - 9:00pm
- Free Word Centre
Climate Change - The Stories We Tell
- Tue 17 Mar 2015
- 6:30pm - 9:00pm
- Goethe Institut, SW7 2PH
Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Climate Change
- Wed 6 May 2015
- 6:45pm - 8:00pm
- Free Word Centre
Urgent Narratives: Writing the Environment
- Sun 31 May 2015
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm
- King's College Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS
Stop the silence! – International Youth Summit
- Fri 11 Sep 2015
- 11:30am - 5:31pm
- Haus der Berliner Festspiele, internationales literaturfestival berlin