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
Trust and our Children
One of Australia's oldest Aboriginal shelters holds a message we must still heed today, writes Tony Birch, one of the Weather Stations project's Writers in Residence.
Listen: Trust and the Environment
12 works of climate fiction everyone should read
Climate change can be a tricky topic for writers, often drenched in apathy and apocalypse – but that doesn't mean it can't be done. We asked Mary Woodbury of eco-fiction.com to recommend her favourite novels that tackle climate change.
Memories of an Island
Our Writer in Residence Xiaolu Guo considers what islands can teach us about survival, as we look ahead to an uncertain future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Weather Stations site launches
Our five Writers in Residence start a journey of discovery, launching our international project on climate change and storytelling