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The Climate of Change poetry reading, featuring Karen McCarthy Woolf, 28 July, FREE

As Margaret Atwood says: ‘ I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it everything change. ‘

Time is running out. We need more healthy, creative and sustainable visions of our world, to look more deeply at our place in the world in this time of climate and environmental crisis. We must also care for ourselves and others, and envisage a more just world.

Feature reader, Karen McCarthy Woolf and a selection of poets from across UK & Europe will read their poems from The Climate of Change Poetry Challenge (workshop participants). Poets have been working together during period of sustained creativity in June & July.

Karen is one of the most respected UK contemporary poets writing about the climate and ecological emergency.

More poets to be announced!

About feature reader, Karen McCarthy Woolf

Born in London to English and Jamaican parents, Karen McCarthy Woolf’s first poetry collection An Aviary of Small Birds was nominated for the Forward Felix Dennis and Jerwood Prizes and her latest Seasonal Disturbances was a winner in the inaugural Laurel Prize. In 2019 she moved to Los Angeles as a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar and Writer in Residence at the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA exploring the relationship between poetry and law. 2021 takes her to Brazil, as an artist in residence at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia writing new work that explores sugar and its cultural and material legacies.

Other highlights include a multi-authored adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando which was nominated for a BBC Audio Award in 2020 and a re-versioning of Homer’s Book of the Dead for BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in which Odysseus is reimagined as a London cab driver. Published everywhere from Granta to the Financial Times and Guardian McCarthy Woolf has been translated into Turkish, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Spanish, produced as a choreographed short filmexhibited by Poems on the Underground and dropped from a helicopter over the Houses of Parliament. She is the editor of six literary anthologies spotlighting many new talents who are now critically acclaimed. Last year she was Chair of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a judge of the National Poetry Competition which made literary history in awarding the prize to a black writer for the first time in 40 years.

7pm UK time (BST)

Approximately 1 hour and 20minutes long.

(sorry Aussies, this best suits European timezones)
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The event will be recorded.

You will receive a Zoom link in your email receipt and a few days before the event – if you can’t see it look in your spam folder first and then contact me.

A second showcase reading will be in November 2022.

The Climate Change Poetry Challenge is supported by the Emergence Foundation.

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Jul 28 2022

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