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.