Channel, a literary magazine publishing poetry and prose that fosters human connection to the natural world, is due to launch its third issue on 26 November.
Channel, an Irish environmentalist literary magazine, will celebrate its third issue with an online launch via YouTube Premieres on 26 November.
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 3 features Irish and international writing drawn from over 1700 submissions. Contributors include established writers such as David Butler, E.R. Murray (!!) and Carla Schwartz, alongside exciting new voices such as Bebe Ashley, Uma Menon and Rosamund Taylor. The launch, to be streamed from 8.00p.m. via YouTube Premieres, will feature readings by Issue 3 contributors along with photography capturing the settings that have inspired their work.
Also featured will be video content from the young artists behind My Generation, an art project that brought teenage asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and youth activists working through Cork Migrant Centre together with professional artists to create temporary public artworks communicating their lives in 2020 Ireland. This issue’s cover, designed by Kate O’Shea using a photograph by Clare Keogh, showcases one of these art pieces in the process of installation.
One young artist, Charmaine, says of the My Generation project:
“In the workshops we got a chance to learn about and express ourselves through different art mediums such as collage, word clouds, and drawing. Being involved with peers gave us a chance to express most emotions not said to each other and we got to know each other through different forms of art. The main message we’re trying to share is about equality and that we are all the same no matter what. Seeing the artwork on display gave me a sense of achievement because I am showing people the whole expression of equality.”
Another, Mira, highlights the capacity of these artworks to inspire social change:
“Being a part of this project made it even clearer to me how much change our generation has already brought about, and what more change is yet to come. I can’t wait for the city to be blown away by this thought-provoking piece of art.”
On the My Generation project and Issue 3, the editors say:
“Community artworks like these have a vital role in repairing the fractured relations between ourselves, one another and the natural world. When we work together to create, honouring our differences and centring our collaborative natures, we embody the same energy and influence needed to address the crises we’re facing.
“We hope the work within and framing of Issue 3 makes clear that human rights and racial justice are fundamental elements of a functioning environmentalism. The biosphere is built on collectivity, creativity, diversity and change; the more often we embrace these, the closer we come to bringing ourselves and the natural world back into balance.”
Channel Issue 3 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 26 November.
In 2020, with the help of funding from the Arts Council, the editors look forward to publishing two new issues as well as expanding their practice. Submissions for Issue 4 will be welcomed from 1 December to 15 January.