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.
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 brought storytelling to the heart of discussions around climate change with the help of five international writers and 25 international young people. Read more about the finale below, download the anthology to read powerful and inspiring stories about our changing world, and watch videos from the Berlin Youth Summit. Read more
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. Our Programme Producer Sophie is along for the ride and is dutifully documenting the whole thing. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Watch: Trust and the Environment
Watch the highlights from our recent event on trust, the environment and young people. Read more
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. Read more
Listen: Trust and the Environment
The latest in our series of debates about trust and young people took an inquisitive look at trust and the environment. Read more
12 works of climate fiction everyone should read
Climate change can be a tricky topic for writers to handle, often drenched in apathy and apocalypse in equal measure. But that doesn't mean it can't be done. We asked Mary Woodbury of eco-fiction.com to list her favourite novels that tackle climate change. Here's what she came up with: Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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 the news that we can't have what we want. Read more
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. Read more
Weather Stations site launches
Our five Writers in Residence start a journey of discovery, launching our international project on climate change and storytelling Read more
Writers in Residence announced for Weather Stations
Weather Stations is Free Word’s innovative new project that brings together writers and cultural organisations from around the globe. With them we will spend the next 18 months exploring how writing and storytelling can help shape conversations about climate change – and ultimately how literature can inspire us to face up to the biggest challenge facing humanity today. We…Read more
Xiaolu Guo announced as Weather Stations Writer in Residence
Free Word, on Tuesday evening, announced that Xiaolu Guo would be their Writer in Residence for Weather Stations. Read more
Our shortlisted writers for Weather Stations
We are delighted to announce the three writers who have been shortlisted for residencies at Free Word for the Weather Stations project. Read more
Free Word announces ‘Weather Stations’
Free Word are delighted to announce Weather Stations, a brand new global project placing literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change. Launching in the new year, the project harnesses the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of our threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently. Weather Stations brings together five…Read more
Past Event: Weather Stations: Writing Climate Change
Fri 11 Sep 2015
Writers Tony Birch, Australia; Jaś Kapela, Poland; Oisin McGann, Ireland; Xiaolu Guo, UK; and Mirko Bonné, Germany will come together at internationales literaturfestival berlin to celebrate the culmination of Weather Stations, an 18-month long project exploring climate change. The writers will read some of the work they created during this project, which aimed to place literature and… Read more
Past Event: Stop the silence! – International Youth Summit
Fri 11 Sep 2015
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, internationales literaturfestival berlin
Celebrating the culmination of Weather Stations, an 18-month long European project placing literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change. Students from around the world will gather at internationales literaturfestival berlin to present some of the creative writing they have produced throughout the project and speak about their experiences working with a writer in residence in their… Read more
Past Event: Urgent Narratives: Writing the Environment
Sun 31 May 2015
King's College Strand Campus
As the arguments around climate science continue to rage, alerting the world to the risks of a changing environment becomes more urgent. But how best to do this? How can writers write about climate change, and to what extent should their own views influence the narrative? Part of the global ‘Weather Stations’ project, which examines climate change through… Read more
Past Event: Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Climate Change
Wed 6 May 2015
Free Word Lecture Theatre
This event will explore how poets and spoken word artists can help to create change through their writing and performance, contributing to the debate around climate change and raising awareness and understanding through art as activism. It showcases the talents of poets who are inspired to write and perform about one of the biggest and most complex issues of our… Read more
Past Event: Climate Change - The Stories We Tell
Tue 17 Mar 2015
As the debate around communicating the issue of climate science rages, and the imperative of alerting the world to the impact of our changing climate becomes even more 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.” Read more
Past Event: Writing Climate Change
Mon 26 Jan 2015
Free Word Lecture Theatre
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. Read more
Past Event: Talking about the weather
Thu 10 Jul 2014
Free Word Lecture Theatre
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published in April, warned that human impact on climate was “unequivocal” and that its impacts would be felt across every continent. A month later a report by researchers at NASA and the University of California revealed that the collapse of a large part of Antarctica is now unstoppable. … Read more