Writing Climate Change
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]
This event has now taken place, but you can listen to an extract of the evening in the podcast player below. You can also read the commissions resulting from Weatherfronts 2014 here.
For the past year, Free Word has been asking writers to confront climate change with creativity: Last Spring we launched Weather Stations, a global project working with writers and young people to produce inspirational responses to this worldwide emergency.
In 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.
With these projects beginning to come to fruition, we’re delighted to invite you to a stimulating and unexpected evening of brand new work created by writers from Weatherfronts and Weather Stations, confronting the greatest challenge of our time.
Writers sharing their work from Weatherfronts will include 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 Sai Murray, Selina Nwulu and Zena Edwards. From Weather Stations, we will be joined by one of Ireland’s leading writers, Oisin McGann, the Weather Stations writer in residence for Tallaght Community Arts.
Sarah Butler writes novels and short fiction, and has a particular interest in the relationship between writing and place. She has been writer-in-residence on the Central line and at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her debut novel, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, is published by Picador in the UK and in fifteen languages around the world.
Nick Hunt is a freelance writer and storyteller. His first book, Walking the Woods and the Water, is an account of an eight-month walk across Europe in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor. His journalism has appeared in major publications, investigating melting glaciers, language extinction and the effects of climate change on human cultures and beliefs. He also works as co-editor of the Dark Mountain books, and full-time editor of their blog.
Stevie Ronnie is a writer and artist with a background in computing. His work, often collaborative and participatory in nature, spans art forms to produce interactive pieces for publication, exhibition, installation and/or performance. Stevie is currently working on a series of visual and literary works inspired by a recent residency in the High Arctic.
Dan Simpson is a spoken word poet and performer. Canterbury Laureate 2013-14 and Waterloo Station Poet in Residence, his poetry has featured on the BBC and London Underground. He has performed at major festivals, events and venues around the UK, and has worked on literary projects for Southbank Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, and the EC. He crowdsources poetry and his first collection is forthcoming from Burning Eye.
Sai Murray is a founding poet facilitator on Platform’s youth arts and campaigning project Shake! and runs artist/activist promotions agency, Liquorice Fish. In 2010 he co-edited No Condition is Permanent: 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change and his debut poetry collection Ad- liberation was published in 2013. He is a resident poet at Numbi; a member of Virtual Migrants; arts and politics editor of Sable Lit Mag; and creative writing facilitator/mentor with mental health arts charity Artists in Mind.
Selina Nwulu is an, educationalist, writer, and poet. Making the personal political, her poetry is often inspired by global justice, protest and politics. Selina has worked on several commissions for Apples and Snakes, notably performed at an EU Environmental Human Rights Conference in Budapest and represented London on an Apples and Snakes national poetry tour. Having been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights’ (2013), her first chapbook collection is due to be published in 2014.
Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards is a unique voice in performance poetry and has been involved in writing and performance for 20 years after graduating from Middlesex. As a project developer and educator, she regularly engages with Youth Arts and Activism projects and empowerment through creativity in schools and libraries. Zena is Creative Director of Verse In Dialog, an umbrella company focused on cross art collaboration for positive social change. Website: goodnewzee.wordpress.com
Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. McGann’s work weaves fantasy worlds with real issues allowing young readers to consider often quite serious social and personal consequences. McGann’s writing and illustrations are a stimulating catalyst for young writers to explore the metaphorical landscape of how to write imaginatively and provokingly about climate change in a way that will actively engage young readers.
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