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Imagination and the Natural World - writers, writing and perception

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 17:30 to 18:30
Online via Zoom

How do contemporary writers concerned about climate change begin to address this subject? Can imaginative writing create new ways of relating to the natural world? What is the role of metaphor, symbol or experimental strategies in this? And can writing help develop habits of attention which lead to fresh perceptions? This panel will ask whether climate writing itself is intrinsically an act of political dissent at the present moment.

Register via Eventbrite  Attendance is free.


Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler has three novels published by Picador: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, Before The Fire and Jack and Bet. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in anthologies (Picador, Route, Tindal Street Press, Pen and Ink Press) and journals (including Butcher’s Dog and Bare Fiction). She runs writing workshops in a variety of settings, including schools, parks, libraries and museums. She has worked with writers as far afield as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Stockholm, Sweden. In 2007, Sarah established the literature consultancy UrbanWords, through which she explores the relationship between writing and place through prose, poetry and participatory projects. Twitter @SarahButler100

Zoe Brigley

Zoë Brigley is an Assistant Professor (0.49) at the Ohio State University and is editor at Poetry Wales. She has three PBS Recommended Bloodaxe poetry collections, most recently Hand & Skull (2019). She published a collection of nonfiction essays on Wales and America: Notes from Swing State (Parthian 2019), and edited the Routledge volume Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives (2010).  She is editor with Kristian Evans of the anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren 2021). Twitter @ZoeBrigley

Kristian Evans

Kristian Evans is a poet, editor and environmental activist. His work explores receptions of the ‘more-than-human’ through ecological philosophy and the history of magic. Recent publications include 100 Pems to Save the Earth (Seren) and Otherworlds (Broken Sleep). He lives in Kenfig, Wales. Twitter @kenfigdunes

For more information on the seminar series, which takes place throughout autumn 2021, please visit the Contemporary Cultures of Writing website

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