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Thursday 17th June 2pm | Taliesin Broadcast

with Dr Anna Pigott, Ben Rawlence,  Rachael Young, Sherri L Smith and Dr Amy Brady (Chair), and a creative provocation by Marcus Brigstocke.

‘Our old stories are crumbling, and no new story has so far emerged to replace them.’  — Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons For the 21st Century

Humanity’s inaction on the causes of climate change is a failure of narrative at the level of a species. Despite our knowledge about the dangers of burning fossil fuels and our abilities to communicate across the globe, we have failed to engage the world’s communal imagination in such a way that it might drive a revolution of action. So how can we tell the stories of our times differently? Who needs to be telling these stories and where do they need to be heard? What role does education have to play in changing the narratives we share, and how might the right stories, told in the right place, at the right moment, change everything?


This event will be broadcast live and include a Q&A session where audiences will be able to join in the discussion.

Booking is essential to access this free, online event.  Live English-language captioning will be available.


Dr Anna Pigott is a human geographer with an interest in the cultural, political, and historical narratives that shape how we perceive and value the environment. She is currently a lecturer at Swansea University, where she teaches and writes about the climate crisis and how societies are responding to it. 

Ben Rawlence is a writer, activist and co-founder of Black Mountains College, a new vision for an ecological education fit for the climate emergency. He is the author of Radio Congo, City of Thorns and The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth, which is forthcoming in 2022 from Jonathan Cape.

Rachael Young is an award-winning artist and writer based between Nottingham and London. Their transdisciplinary practice exists on the boundaries of live art, text, movement, activism and neurodiversity. Rachael is a recipient of the Jerwood Live Work Fund and was the inaugural winner of the Eclipse Award, which supported Edinburgh Fringe 2019 runs of Nightclubbing and OUT. Both shows were nominated for Total Theatre awards, and Rachael was named the British Council’s Artist to Watch.

Sherri L. Smith is standing right behind you as you read this.  She can tell your head is full of dreams.  Sherri writes fiction and nonfiction for young people.  Her books have won a Golden Kiss, a Golden Kite, and a gold medal.  She's also is an Enchantivist and thinks you should be one, too. sherrilsmith.com 

Dr Amy Brady is the Executive Director of Orion; co-editor of The Way Things Were, an anthology of essays about climate change; and the author of Ice: An American Obsession, forthcoming from Putnam. She holds a PhD in literature and has won awards from the National Science Foundation, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference and the Library of Congress. 

Marcus Brigstocke is a comedian, actor and satirist who has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, television, radio and musical theatre. He has also been closely involved with climate change awareness and sustainability projects for over 15 years. He currently writes and stars in The Wilsons Save The World, a sitcom about ethics and environmentalism, on BBC Radio 4.

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