2020 Members’ Posts

Here are our posts so for 2020. Our authors this year are: James Aldridge, Clare Crossman, Jo Dacombe, Mark Goldthorpe, Dave Hubble, Nick Hunt, Rob La Frenais, Adam Ledger, James Murray-White, Caroline New, Peter Reason, Indiana Rivers, Kelvin Smith, Deborah Tomkins, Philip Webb Gregg, Yky, Margin Zheng.

You can find over 100 previous posts from our growing network of members published in 2019, 2018 and 2017 — and you can also explore all our posts by category, by author listed in our sidebar, or as a constantly updated random selection.


September 2020

On Green Verges

by Julian Bishop
21 September 2020
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,210 words: estimated reading time = 5 minutes

 

Writer Julian Bishop, living on the very edge of the metropolis, found a fascination with local verges during Covid-19 lockdown — and their previously unregarded nature took up residency in his imagination, leading him to a poetic challenge.

On Re-emergence and the Avoidance of Clichés

by Dave Hubble
8 September 2020
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,620 words: estimated reading time = 6.5 minutes

 

Artist and writer Dave Hubble reflects on his creativity under lockdown: how novel conditions and wanting to avoid coronavirus-saturated art sparked new work, drawing out potential beauty in the materiality of pollution and prompting the question, what next?

August 2020

A Queer Path to Wellbeing

by James Aldridge
17 August 2020
Signals from the Edge
2,670 words: estimated reading time = 10.5 minutes

 

Artist James Aldridge explores experiences of being ‘other’ as an ability to see beyond the boundaries of binary distinctions: offering us signs of a more inclusive queer nature, from a place that until now has been the edge.

July 2020

Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

by Jo Dacombe
30 July 2020
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,760 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes + exercise

 

Artist Jo Dacombe shares an exercise she developed for students to respond creatively to the sensory nature of woods, and which she’s adapted for online engagement with nature during Covid19 lockdown as part of her Imagining Woodlands project.

All the Little Gods Surrounding Us

Presence: Showing Owl, from James Robertss collection, Winged

by James Murray-White
13 July 2020
Review
1,000 words: estimated reading time 4.5 minutes

 

James Murray-White discovers in ‘Winged’, a new collection of words and images from fellow member James Roberts, a creative expression of the natural world’s ‘being-ness’ and a way for us to deepen our own presence within the more-than-human.

June 2020

Rewilding — Slantways

by Philip Webb Gregg
29 June 2020

Creative Works
1,100 words: estimated reading time 4.5 minutes

 

Writer Philip Webb Gregg shares a new poem exploring rewilding as a sideways step into a stranger world, resisting simplifications of ‘progress’ and the gains and losses of our current model, even as we seek to change it.

May 2020

Gulp! Water Choices, Stories and Theatre

Gulp! flyer for The Bone Ensemble theatre projectby Adam Ledger
27 May 2020
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,800 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes

 

Theatre-maker and arts academic Adam Ledger shares the thinking behind Gulp!, The Bone Ensemble’s project on global water issues, and the challenges of creating an engaging and participatory family drama on environmental issues, inequalities and opportunities during Covid-19.

In Time: Crisis, Care, Creation

by Margin Zheng
15 May 2020
Challenges of Creative Engagement
1,800 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes

 

Artist Margin Zheng felt moved to perform Lola Perrin’s work, Significantus, as part of their climate activism, and adapted the piano suite to new conditions when Covid-19 prevented public events, producing a unique online concert: Crisis, Care, Creation.

April 2020

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #12

by Philip Webb Gregg
27 April 2020
A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects
1,670 words: estimated reading time 6.5 minutes

 

Writer Philip Webb Gregg explores being human in the Anthropocene, using three objects that offer to carry, fuel or guide our search for experience and meaning, but whose less subtle qualities have great power to lead us astray.

Signal from the Edge #3 – I Am Purpose

by Indiana Rivers
Signals from the Edge
1,300 words: estimated reading time 5 minutes

 

Writer Indiana Rivers shares a short story exploring one person’s sense of purpose. Evoking ideas of conversation with the universe to illuminate times of zoonotic pandemic and climate crisis, Indiana reflects on the presence of signals from within.

March 2020

Towards an Erotics of Place

by James-Murray-White
30 March 2020
Spiritual Ecology
1,750 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes

 

Filmmaker James-Murray-White shares his experience of some of the world’s desert places, and what the book Desert Quartet – an Erotic Landscape offers as a way into explorations of these places, of our sense of connectedness and of self.

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #11

by Kelvin Smith
12 March 2020
A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects
1,900 words: estimated reading time 7.5 minutes

 

Writer Kelvin Smith‘s three objects — electric lighting, symbolically living money, once-and-future reefs — question what is fundamental to human presence on Earth, what’s been taken from the land and what new creations might arise in future seas.

February 2020

Bristol Climate Writers Presents … ‘Desert Island Books’

by Nick Hunt, Caroline New, Peter Reason, and Deborah Tomkins
27 February 2020
Speculative Worlds
3,000 words – approximate reading time: 12 minutes.

 

Four writers of fiction and nonfiction (all members of Bristol Climate Writers and ClimateCultures) share the ‘Desert Island Books’ they discussed at a recent library event on climate change: Nick Hunt, Caroline New, Peter Reason, and Deborah Tomkins.

Fool’s Gold — the Cairn and the Wishing Well

by Mark Goldthorpe
6 February 2020
Conversations
1,700 words + photo gallery – approximate reading time: 8 minutes

 

In this piece — commissioned by artists Hayley Harrison and Pamela Schilderman for their exhibition, Fool’s Gold — editor Mark Goldthorpe explores notions of value and care through our experience of objects as works of nature, culture and transformation.

January 2020

A Personal History of the Anthropocene – Three Objects #10

A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects
600 words: estimated reading time 2.5 minutes

 

Citizen artist Yky offers three objects that explore Anthropocene themes of our relationship with time and the world and the responsibility that we hold in our own hands, using a common photographic presentation to help make these visible.

An Invitation to Act: Letters to the Earth

by Clare Crossman
14 January 2020
Review
1,700 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes

 

Poet Clare Crossman was inspired to respond to a public call for Letters to the Earth and her poem is included in the publication — a book which offers “a spelling out that we are interconnected with nature.”

Climate Emergency — a New Culture of Conversation

Photograph showing Lola Perrin at the piano for ClimateKeys at Sheffield Festival of Debate in 2019

by Rob La Frenais
2 January 2020
Conversations
2,300 words: estimated reading time 9 minutes

 

Independent curator and writer Rob La Frenais interviews fellow ClimateCultures member and ClimateKeys founder Lola Perrin about her ground-breaking global initiative to ‘help groups of people tell the truth to each other’ about the ecological and climate emergency.