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Everything Change - Writers Lab

The Everything Change Writers Lab is running alongside Everything Change, a series of free virtual talks and provocations exploring the roles creativity, adaptive thinking and storytelling can play in overcoming the challenges of climate and ecological crises. The Everything Change Writers Lab is co-produced by Taliesin Arts Centre and Dhaka Lit Fest.

Through Everything Change, we aren't just interested in discussing how storytelling and creativity relate to the climate crisis — we’re interested in provoking and facilitating new narratives about this moment in time. That’s why we have invited six incredible writing talents from Wales and Bangladesh to immerse themselves in the conversations of Everything Change, creating an engine for new ways of narrating the climate crisis. The writers have been commissioned to create new works across poetry, fiction and drama to be showcased later this year and at Dhaka Lit Fest in January 2022.

Here are the six writers who are taking part in the Everything Change Writers Lab.

 

Alys Conran’s first novel Pigeon (Parthian, 2016) won the Wales Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second, Dignity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019) also met critical acclaim. She was Hay Festival International Fellow 2020, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bangor. 

Carys Eleri is quite the hybrid creative, being a performer, writer and composer. Her stage show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness, Lovecraft (Not the sex shop in Cardiff), won many accolades globally. She delights in mixing music with science and comedy to educate and bring joy.

Kaiser Haq — poet, essayist, translator — is professor of English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and has published eight poetry collections, including Published in the Streets of Dhaka and Pariah and Other Poems; six translated volumes; and two anthologies.

Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian-born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. Her books include a travel photography and poetry monograph (The Long Way Home), a collection of linked stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers), and a memoir (Olive Witch). olivewitch.com

Saad Z. Hossain is a Bangladeshi author writing in English. He lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His war satire, Escape from Baghdad!, was published in 2015, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix de L'imaginaire 2018. His third book The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, was a finalist for the Locus Awards as well as the IGNYTE Awards 2020 by Fiyahcon.

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in mountainous south Wales. He is the winner of the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, 2020. He was the first poet of colour to win since 1981. His debut poetry collection, Road Trip (2020, Peepal Tree Press), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

The Writers Lab has been generously supported by the British Council, and is part of the Climate Connection programme, a global programme uniting people around the world to meet the climate challenge in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow in November. As part of the Climate Connection, 17 Creative Commissions will bring people together from the UK and 28 countries from varied cultures, communities, and contexts, to understand each other’s perspectives and collaborate on creative responses and solutions towards climate change. The Creative Commissions connect arts, science and digital technology to stimulate global conversations, and inspire transformational change.

For more information see:

British Council: Climate Connection

British Council: Creative Commissions