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Writing and Climate Change: The story so far…

How do writers and scientists communicate the controversies of climate change?

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This one day event took place on Saturday 25 May 2013.  It was part of UEA 50 and inaugurated the 'Writing and Science' network.  It examined how literature in all its forms has engaged with the challenge of communicating the controversies arising from the science of climate change.  With playwrights, novelists and journalists in-conversation with scientists and activists, the day considered the role of the theatre, of the novel and the media and also reflected on the impact of 'climategate' on these issues.  Throughout the day there were readings, debates and talks as UEA brought together, for the first time, its most visible communities - researchers in Environmental Science and Creative Writing.

Speakers included:

  • Giles Foden (novelist)
  • Tom Greaves (philosopher)
  • Mike Hulme (geographer)
  • Phil Jones (climate scientist)
  • Tony Juniper (writer and activist)
  • Ro Randall (psychotherapist)
  • Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (critic)
  • Rebecca Stott (novelist)
  • Steve Waters (playwright)
  • Ross Wilson (critic and philosopher)  
  • Bob Warde
  • Paul Warde
  • Peter Gingold

 and many more.....

plus performances and readings

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This event has now passed. If you attended the conference, you can download an evaluation form here