Island Futures: An Evening of Eco-Poetry and Discussion

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Creative Carbon Scotland is pleased to invite you to the next in our series of Green Tease events, organised in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library and the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Research Network.

Island communities will be some of those hardest hit by climate change. They will face issues ranging from rising sea levels, to extreme weather events, ocean acidification and algae blooms, and yet islanders are overwhelmingly not those most responsible for the causes of climate change.

Christopher Loeak, the president of the Marshall Islands, has pointed out that the rising sea levels that are threatening the annihilation of his country - and the ecosytem centred around it - are overwhelmingly the result of polluting practices that have taken place in other parts of the world.

Centred around readings by and discussions with two islander poets, this event will seek to interrogate the implications of climate justice for island communities as well as the role that poetry can have for engaging with these issues. Why do these writers find poetry an effective means of communicating about environmental issues? How can poetry enable new ways of thinking or engaging with the issues? Our speakers will include:

  • Roseanne Watt: Shetland-born poet who writes in a mixture of English and Shetland dialect and often works with combinations of words and film. Her debut poetry collection Moder Dy was published earlier this year.
    • Roseanne will be interviewed by Alice Tarbuck, eco-poet and member of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner: Marshallese poet, environmental campaigner and teacher of Pacific Studies who spoke at the 2014 UN Climate Leaders Summit in New York. Her most recent poetry collection Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter was published in 2017
    • Kathy will be interviewed by Michelle Keown, Chair of Pacific and Post-colonial Literature at the University of Edinburgh
  • Mairi Davies: Climate Change Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and expert in coastal adaptation

The event will conclude with a discussion session that will give you the opportunity to debate these issues closely with other attendees and the speakers, thinking about issues of climate justice and the roles that poetry can have in engaging with climate change.

We particularly encourage those working on climate justice, environmental protection, climate change adaptation, sealife and coastal life, issues specific to islands, and climate change mitigation, as well as those engaged in poetry and other artforms to attend.

Getting here: The event will be held in Project room 1.06, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JU. A wide range of buses stop. A wide range of buses stop 3 minutes walk away on Nicolson street, there are bike racks opposite the building, and it is situated 15 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. More information is available here.

Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be available on arrival.

For further information please contact Lewis Coenen-Rowe: lewis.coenen-rowe@creativecarbonscotland.com.

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