Talks & debates

Eco-Poetry: Poetry and Climate Change

Part of London Literature Festival

Poetry has long been concerned with our relationship with the natural world. In this event we explore its response to the challenges of climate change, with readings and discussion from Icelandic poet Sjón, Canadian poet Anne Carson and British-Jamaican poet Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics. Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980 – 1987.

Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic novelist and poet. He won the Nordic Council's Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox, and his novel From The Mouth Of The Whale was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His novel Moonstone – The Boy Who Never Was from 2013 received every major literature prize in Iceland. Sjón’s biggest work to date, the trilogy CoDex 1962 was published in its final form in the autumn 2016 to great acclaim and is forthcoming in English from Sceptre. He has published nine poetry collections, written four opera librettos and lyrics for various artists. In 2001, he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the film Dancer In The Dark. Sjón's novels have been published in 35 languages.

Karen McCarthy Woolf, a British-Jamaican poet is releasing her second collection, Seasonal Disturbances, in June. Drawing on her preoccupations with the environment (she was poet in residence at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and is completing a PhD at Royal Holloway on hybridity in poetry and how this informs ways in which we might write about nature), Seasonal Disturbances is a charged yet meditative exploration of the relationship between nature, the city and the self in the 21st century, set against a backdrop of ecological, political and emotional turbulence. Karen is an accomplished performer, having read at multiple events worldwide, including at Southbank Centre and the Breaking Ground Black British Writers USA tour, and is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb.

Dates & times

15 Oct 2017
Approximate run time: 60 mins
  • 12:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


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