Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture 2016 – The Life And Legacy Of Rachel Carson
Following the Eco-Max theme of the first and very popular memorial lecture in 2015, Eco-Max 2 will focus on the life and legacy of eco-pioneer Rachel Carson.
There will be a screening of documentary The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson, examining the profound implications of Rachel Carson's environmental work. Writer, performer and celebrant Liz Rothchild will give a reading about the life of Rachel Carson. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.
Liz Rothchild worked as a community arts worker and then trained at the Bristol Old Vic. She worked in rep and small scale touring.
Liz has also written a piece about women geneticists – Blooming Snapdragons – which was performed at the Royal Society. Liz wrote and directed for the TIE company, part of the National Trust for several years and then directed and devised shows as part of Reach Inclusive Arts working with performers with learning disabilities, mental health and physical challenges. She has created a series of large site specific community shows in Oxfordshire where she lives. Liz is currently touring her new solo piece Outside the Box – a live show about death.
Liz set up Westmill Woodland Burial Ground with her partner on his organic farm in 2000 which won Cemetery of the Year in 2015 from the Good Funeral awards. She set up Kicking the Bucket, a festival of living and dying in Oxford in 2012 which has been runs bi-annually. Liz helped set up Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) as part of the community owned windfarm and solar park at Westmill Farm which now generates power for 4,500 homes – the largest community-owned energy resource in the UK.
In 2014, Liz became chair of a new charity Treehouse for bereaved children and young people in Swindon and Wiltshire and is one of four directors of Women in Power UK a women’s initiation programme she has staffed for the past ten years. She has also worked as a celebrant for over 20 years.