Poetry and the Climate Crisis

Mon 17 October 2022 - Fri 21 October 2022
Tutors / Ailbhe Darcy & Susan Richardson
Course Fee / From £575 - £675 per person
Genres / NaturePoetry
Language / English

What is poetry’s role in a crisis? How might the shape, tone or approach of a poem evolve in response to climate change? How might poetry help us to persist, survive or resist? And how might it bring comfort or inspire action? Both beginner and more advanced writers are welcome to join us to grapple with these questions.

Together, we’ll read work that directly or indirectly addresses climate change and focus on the strategies contemporary poets have used to help us to see this unwieldy, urgent, often overwhelming subject with new eyes. We’ll seek inspiration in the landscape around us, too, exploring ways to more fully engage with the shifts and flux of our natural environment. You’ll be able to try out fresh approaches, experimenting with form, sound and language and will also have the opportunity to consider how climate crisis-themed poetry can move, and have impact, beyond the page. Responding creatively and wholeheartedly to this most critical of subjects, we’ll come away re-energised and hopeful, with new poems and new ideas.


Ailbhe Darcy

Ailbhe Darcy wrote back to the climate crisis in Insistence (Bloodaxe, 2018) which won Wales Book of the Year Award, the Roland Mathias Award and the Piggott Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. With S.J. Fowler, she is the co-author of Subcritical Tests (Gorse, 2017), a collaborative poetry collection about the atom bomb. She is the editor of A History of Irish Women’s Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2020). She teaches creative writing and English literature at Cardiff University, including a course on activist poetry.

Susan Richardson

Susan Richardson’s fourth collection of poetry, Words the Turtle Taught Me (Cinnamon Press, 2018), themed around endangered ocean species, emerged from her residency with the Marine Conservation Society and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. In addition to her ongoing residency with the British Animal Studies Network, facilitated by the University of Strathclyde, she runs writing workshops on a range of environmental themes for organisations such as WWF, the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB. Susan has performed her work on BBC2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and at festivals both nationally and internationally.

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