Telling it Slant: Writing about Climate Change


3 - 8 August | Telling it Slant: Writing about Climate Change

Tutors: Jay Griffiths and Robert Minhinnick


Man-made climate change is the greatest threat to our society and environment. This course encourages all forms of imaginative writing about this phenomenon from descriptions of the present to possible futures. It will include discussions and debate, workshops and one-to-one tutorials, and will attract people at all levels of experience in non-fiction, fiction and poetry. The course assumes an agreement with the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is a reality. There will be plenty of time to take walks and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Tŷ Newydd.

Jay Griffiths won the Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA for her book Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time. Her book Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape was longlisted for the Orwell prize and Wild: An Elemental Journey won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award.

With poet and pessimist, John Barnie, as guest reader on August 5.

Robert Minhinnick is joint-founder of Friends of the Earth Cymru and the charity Sustainable Wales. Poet and essayist, he has twice won the Forward Prize for best individual poem and twice won Wales Book of the Year. His novel Limestone Man, due 2015, is a successor to Sea Holly, shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize in 2008.

Monday 3 – Saturday 8 August
Fee: £575 (single room) / £475 (shared room)
Literature Wales