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Channel, a literary magazine publishing poetry and prose that fosters human connection to the natural world, is due to launch its second issue on 9 July.

Channel, an Irish environmentalist literary magazine, will celebrate its second issue with an online launch via YouTube Live on 9 July.

The magazine, founded by fiction writer Cassia Gaden Gilmartin and poet Elizabeth Murtough, publishes poetry and prose that fosters connection with the natural world. Conceived on 15 March 2019, the day of last year’s first global climate strike, it aims to bring writers and artists together in building new narratives around climate breakdown.

The project draws inspiration from international journals of eco-writing such as the US magazine Orion and the UK-based Elementum. It is the first Irish journal focused specifically on nature and place since the closure of EarthLines Magazine, edited by Sharon Blackie and David Knowles, in 2015.

Issue 2 features Irish and international writing drawn from over 300 submissions. Contributors include established writers such as Harry Clifton, Richard W. Halperin, Liz Quirke and Nidhi Zak / Aria Eipe, alongside bold new and emerging voices. The launch, to be streamed from 8.00p.m. via YouTube Live, will feature readings by Issue 2 contributors along with photography and video footage submitted by participating writers of their localities during lockdown.

The launch follows on from a widely read first issue and public appearances at events including the intercultural street festival BlueFire Street Fest and the Spare Room Project, an interdisciplinary art exhibition critiquing institutional complicity in precarious living conditions. Community building among artists and readers is at the heart of the project. For Issue 2, Channel has partnered with the Irish Writers Centre and the National Botanic Gardens to publish the winners of Writing for a Change, a competition that invited writers to respond to the issue of climate change in flash fiction and creative non-fiction of under 400 words.

The cover art for Issue 2 is a photograph by Carol Anne Connolly (www.carolanneconnolly.com), an Irish visual artist from the West of Ireland, based in Co. Cork. Connolly’s visual art practice is primarily concerned with cultural and social ideas that relate to “place” in contemporary society. The image featured on Issue 2 was taken while Connolly was recording sound of waves through a cabin porthole on residency aboard the Celtic Explorer as part of Aerial Sparks, a project curated by Louise Manifold, in partnership with the Marine Institute Ireland.

On their plans for a remote launch, the editors say:

“We’re unable to gather in person this time, but we hope the online format will allow us to reach a broad community and mark this issue in a new way. For the first time, contributors and readers living abroad, and those for whom attending a physical launch is difficult, will be able to join us. We look forward to celebrating the range of Irish and international voices involved in the creation of Issue 2 and to reflecting together on the impact of this time on our experiences of humanity and nature.”

Channel Issue 2 is available for pre-order online with domestic and international shipping options at www.channelmag.org and will be available for purchase online and in bookshops from 9 July.

Submissions for a third issue are currently open and will close on 31 July.

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