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Weather Stations

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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.

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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.

You can download and read the Weather Stations anthology in English, Polish and/or German here.

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.


Past Events

  • Past Event: Weather Stations: Writing Climate Change


    Fri 11 Sep 2015

    Literaturhaus Berlin

    panel reading at ilb 2014

    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

    substation workshop

    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

    Urgent Narratives image

    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

    Jas Kapela

    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

    Goethe Institut

    Mirko Bonne

    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