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Telling the Story about Climate Change

Article by From The Front Row © 13 February 2014.
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oisin mcgannIrish Author Oisín McGann Joins Writers from the UK, Germany, Poland and Australia for Major Environmental Project.

From February 2014 – September 2015, Oisín McGann will be working as Writer in Residence with Tallaght Community Arts to represent Dublin, Ireland on an international project, called Weather Stations that places literature and storytelling at the heart of discussions about climate change.

Weather Stations brings Oisín McGann and Tallaght Community Arts together with international Writers in Residence, who are working with cultural organisations in Berlin, London, Melbourne and Warsaw, to explore how literature can inspire new ways of living in the context of the most fundamental challenge facing humanity today – our changing climate.

This innovative 18 month international project will create opportunities for scientists, writers, philosophers, economists and the public to question, debate and imagine how, in the context of our threatened environment, we might live our lives differently.

Through support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, Tallaght Community Arts is cooperating with the following organisations on the Weather Stations project:

  • Free Word in London
  • internationales literaturfestival berlin
  • Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw
  • The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Along with a series of public events, each partner will also establish a Substation at a local school, where the Writer in Residence will work with teachers and pupils, or in a community based setting with a young writer’s group to discover how we might nurture responsible young citizens with the knowledge, motivation and tools to fight for a more sustainable future.

Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults whose work weaves fantasy worlds with real issues allowing young readers to consider often quite serious social and personal consequences. His writing and illustrations are a stimulating catalyst for young writers to explore the metaphorical landscape of how to tell thought-provoking stories about climate change in a way that will actively engage young readers. McGann’s is author of nine young adult novels, his latest Rat Runners was released in 2013.

Oisín McGann will work with young people from South Dublin County. Oisín McGann says:

I’m delighted to be taking part in such a fascinating and far-reaching project. I look forward to working with the other writers, finding imaginative ways to get young people engaged in what is surely the most important issue facing our world today.”

The project’s outcome will be a body of literature with a new language and a narrative to express how we might move from a doomed economy of industrial growth to a life sustaining society committed to the recovery of our world.

Tony Fegan Director of Tallaght Community Arts says: “The Weather Stations project is a wonderful opportunity for Tallaght Community Arts to work with our international partners to explore ways in which the power of the art of writing can contribute to how we integrate the reality of climate change into our daily lives.

Our Weather Station Writer in Residence will engage with writers and readers of diverse backgrounds and ages in South Dublin County over the coming months.

We look forward to hosting the other international Writers in Residence, as part of this exciting and timely initiative, and sharing their thoughts and writings with our project participants and audiences here in Ireland over the coming year.”

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