**PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – THE LTU ANNUAL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
I am absolutely thrilled to have been asked to return to the Annual Writers’ Festival at Leeds Trinity University, now in its sixteenth year.
This year I will be leading two writing workshops based on Climate Fiction: Surviving the Future. The aim this year, is to look at how we can use stories to embed the message of climate change and how envisioning possible futures, can trigger much needed action across the globe to tackle the existential threat facing all species.
We hear the phrase ‘climate change’ banded about so much. Yes, the climate is changing and has changed. Spring arrives earlier. Temperature records have been broken year after year and 2019 was on a whole other level. Scotland recorded its warmest December on record. But the truth is, it is we who have to change.
In my stories, I personify Gaia, the Mother of All Nature. This is on purpose. By using personification, we as humans will seek out human characteristics, values, traits, beliefs, flaws, and therefore, hopefully, relate more. Sadly, we have ‘othered‘ Nature for far, far too long. Nature has been in decline since we began our journey on the industrialised path.
We have decimated Nature in return for progress and wealth. But, really, it’s just material wealth. And, in order to save our future, we might very well have to return to a past we had long left behind.
To find out more about how stories can help save us, click the link below.
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