The Climate of Change Poetry Workshops Oct/Nov, 2022
… let us make no mistake: the climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of imagination
…the Anthropocene presents a challenge not only to the arts and humanities, but also to our commonsense understandings and beyond that to contemporary culture…
Amitav Ghosh (The Great Derangement)
Four online workshops of reading, discussing and writing poetry & inspiring each other
These poetry workshops focus on the difficult and complex area of the climate and environmental emergency. Facing climate change will involve adapting almost everything we do. It means looking at the world afresh, more deeply and questioning structures, lifestyles and cultural assumptions – everything!
Of course, colonial thinking needs to be questioned more deeply, and long-standing injustices addressed because climate change is racist. It disproportionally affects people of colour and Indigenous communities. These communities are typically least responsible for the causes of climate disaster.
We will explore cherishing and re-envisaging our world, and caring for ourselves and others. We need innovation, understanding, adaptation and resilience as our climate changes and as we try to do what we can.
Climate change can be a complex, difficult and overwhelming subject to explore and write about. Writing together is more enjoyable, nurturing, rewarding and productive.
Who can join?
Anyone who has a passion for the topic and for poetry. Ideally, you have some experience of writing. The workshops are suitable for all levels.
Poets writing in English in the following countries are eligible: UK, Ireland , Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. (This limitation is linked to the project funding and I hope to make the programme available to Aussies and others in the future.)
Initially, until 31 August, these workshops are open to those who didn’t get the opportunity to take part in the Climate of Change Workshops in June/July ’22. Enrollments for all will open after this date.
Thursdays : 27 October; 3rd, 10th, 17th November.
Workshops run 6.30pm to 9pm UK time, online on Zoom
Plus a public Zoom reading – to be confirmed – 10.30am Saturday 26th November
If you can’t make all 4 workshops, just let me know.
A useful link for checking other timezones: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
£45 GBP Standard
£25 GBP Discounted – for poets who identify as Black & Ethnic Minority; Disabled; or Unemployed /Full-time student
Costs are kindly subsidised by The Emergence Foundation to enable wider participation. The Foundation has also funded the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge.
Maximum 20 people
How do the workshops relate to the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge?
This is the second Climate of Change Poetry Challenge and workshop series in 2022. This series flows thematically from the first in June/July, but it’s not a repeat and you don’t need to have taken part in the first set of workshops or Challenge to take part in this series.
These workshops sit alongside the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge. You’ll automatically be signed up to The Challenge when you enroll in these workshops. This is so that everyone gets the same information every week, but you can just attend the workshops – you don’t have to take part in our Facebook community or respond to the Challenge emails.
The Challenge seeks to create a positive community to help us all connect, think and write in fresh, deeper ways about the climate and environmental crisis. It includes access to our private Facebook group community where we will be posting draft poems, commenting and encouraging each other (this is optional). You’ll get assignments emailed to you in advance – it’s not essential to do them in advance as we will tackle them together online in the workshops, but it may help you research your pieces. More about the Climate of Change Poetry Challenge HERE.
As Margaret Atwood says ‘I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change.’
Help us spread the word to build our community of change.
QUOTES FROM LAST TIME
Really great challenge, Cath – both in terms of the issues to tackle and the assignments set. I also liked having the self-care and practical tasks. Melinda
I loved your course. Your assignments are so interesting and really helped me dig deep. You have so much enthusiasm and the encouragement makes me feel at home. You have a wonderful depth of perception for the poems we studied. Christina
This has been a brilliant, thought-provoking, roller-coaster of a month of writing, Facebook participating and workshops. You have promoted a good balance between the serious, the fun and the self-care aspects. Thank you! Gabrielle
Thank you for all your hard work in developing this course – whilst the topic is so difficult to face up to, it’s really important and helpful to do it in a supportive and encouraging environment which this has been. Ali Walters
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Australian Cath Drake is based in London. She’s was an award-winning environmental journalist and writer in Australia for a decade with a post-graduate qualification in environmental science. Her poetry collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books) was highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes and longlisted in the international Laurel Prize for best collection of nature or environmental poetry. It was described by TS Eliot winner Philip Gross as ‘a guide to staying clear-eyed, combative and caring in unsettling times.’. It follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. Cath’s accolades include a second and commended in the Resurgence Poetry School international eco-poetry prize (now called Ginkgo) and short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Prize. Cath hosts The Verandah, online poetry teaching and events. She is also a mindfulness teacher.