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Climate change is not just a question of science – it is a question of living. Our society has barely begun to understand the scale of the challenges we must face: and to cope, we will need to find new insights through creativity and imagination.
Last June we hosted TippingPoint’s two-day Weatherfronts symposium, which brought together a wide pool of writers and scientific experts to explore the nature and future of our changing climate, exchange ideas and stimulate new creative work.
Out of this event came a number of pieces of poetry and prose we commissioned to investigate the topic in more depth, which we’ve collected together in one document you can read for free.
The collection includes contributions from writers Sarah Butler, Nick Hunt, Stevie Ronnie, Dan Simpson, and a group of three activist writers, all with a deep commitment to social and climate justice, consisting of Zena Edwards, Sai Murray and Selina Nwulu.
You can download the collection as a PDF document here, or read individual extracts from the commissions elsewhere on the Free Word blog, as we publish excerpts from the collection over the next few days.
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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.