Tag Archive | Climate change

Climate Writing Group

A message from Mark Goldthorpe

I thought that this new group – organised by Deborah Tomkins (Weatherfronts 2016) – would be of interest to anyone in Bristol and surrounding areas. Please contact Deborah direct – and of course, if you know of others who might be interested then I’m sure she would be happy for you to pass this on.

Climate Writing Group (Bristol)

If you write about climate change and/or the environment (or are interested in doing so), and would like to meet up with other writers exploring these issues, please get in touch!   Monthly meetings starting in 2017: discussion, critique, sharing information, support. All types of writing welcome – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama.

Deborah Tomkins tomkinsdeb@gmail.com

There is also the original writing group that emerged from this year’s Weatherfronts, which meets monthly in London. For further info, contact Darragh Martin on martin.darragh@gmail.com

You might also be interested to know that on 14th November at Free Word in London, Brit Bildoen – Danish author and participant in Weatherfronts 2016 – will be reading from her latest book (Seven Days in August) and speaking about the relevance of climate in her writing.

Mark Goldthorpe

 

Art and Energy inspires a drawing class in Crediton, Devon

by Naomi Wright

 

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It is the beginning of term and we stand about discussing our theme for our classes ahead. I suggest art and energy, it interests me for all sorts of reasons. I say I am helping with similar themed workshops with some college students outdoors as part of Regensw’s art and energy programme. I wonder whether it will interest the class. We think about the wide range of meanings for energy. Energy is everything, I say, remembering a recent workshop. In a physical sense, binding the molecules of our being, energy fixed from the sun, in the movement of a river, the heat from a fire, in our food, in the every-day. We have our own energy, in the spirit of the land, in leylines, in happiness, in despair.

 

So the term at Crediton arts centre has taken this as a theme…. A couple of us are working with an old luccombe oak that has had to be cut down in the local park. We think of the power within, the height and weight of it, the history in it, the energy held beneath in the ground. The dying energy, used by fungus, the last of the leaves to be photosynthisising.

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The tree………..

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Eileen’s tree

Others in the class discuss their drawings through the eye of an energy lens. Lines are energetic, directioned, growing. The still life is far from still as vegetation takes on a new meaning, pots spin, and all the senses are enlivened.

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Rebecca’s pots

We’re all curious in how this will progress…  Pat especially, as she has ideas for some new installations.

 

Naomi Wright is an artist who collaboratively researches the benefits of being outdoors in the elements.  In sunshine, wind, or rain she maps and constructs places, things and conversations that make the most of our ecological interplay.

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The Metabolic Landscape, Gina Glover, Geof Rayner & Jessica Rayner

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Perception, practice and the energy transition.

Published in 2015, The Metabolic Landscape is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating and engaging exploration of the unfolding relationship between energy and the landscape, and our interpretation of it.
Humankinds search for more powerful sources of energy to sustain an urbanising existence has created an energy transition that, while hugely beneficial to human existence, is now being identified as a source of harm. Just as metabolic disease refers to energy-sourced medical problems, so too the planet, the authors propose, is showing increasing signs of metabolic distress.