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Putting Literature centre stage on the topic of Climate Change with  Oisín McGann

Weather Stations places literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations about climate change; harnessing the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of our threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently.
‘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………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.’ Tony Fegan, Director of Tallaght Community Arts

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Website: http://globalweatherstations.com

The project brings together five partners from across the world who will each establish a Weather Station at their cultural institution: Free Word in London http://www.freewordcentre.com internationales literaturfestival berlin http://www.literaturfestival.com/?set_language=en Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw http://www.krytykapolityczna.pl Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin www.tallaght-arts.ie and the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne http://wheelercentre.com

Through public events held from now until September 2015, Weather Stations will bring together scientists, writers, philosophers, and economists who, with our Writers in Residence, will question, debate and imagine how, in the context of our threatened environment, we might live our lives differently.

We are delighted to be working with writer Oisín McGann http://www.oisinmcgann.com Oisín is one of Ireland’s most prolific and best-known writer-illustrators, producing books for all ages of reader. He is a winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award and has been shortlisted for a number of other awards, including the Waterstones Childrens’ Book Prize in the UK, le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France and Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award in the US. He is chair of the board of Children’s Books Ireland.

An important aspect of the project is the ways in which our Writers in Residence will engage with young people. While there is no doubt that scientists, policymakers, and academics must collaborate to find a solution to this complex problem, we have much to learn from a community that is often overlooked: young people. As the UN explains “The world’s population is young, with nearly 2.2 billion people under the age of 18 … Children and young people are concerned, thoughtful citizens, capable of participating in, and changing the society of which they are a part; and they have an important role to play in addressing and affecting the issues of our world”

Each partner will establish a Substation at a local school, where they will work with teachers and pupils, or in a community based setting with young writers groups to discover how we might nurture responsible young citizens with the knowledge, motivation and tools to fight for a more sustainable future. Their work with the Writers in Residence will culminate in a Youth Summit at the internationales literaturfestival berlin  http://www.literaturfestival.com/?set_language=en in September 2015.

The 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.