Eco poetry Event at Homerton College

On Friday 7th May I will be chairing an event at Homerton College on poetry and climate change.

Meeting the challenges of the climate crisis requires a radical reorganisation of the ways we live, work and play. In this roundtable discussion, artists, publishers, academics and climate activists will explore how creativity, particularly poetry, might help us to create bold new ways of thinking, being and doing.

The panel will feature the poets Jade Cuttle, Ella Duffy and Mariah Whelan, the editor Kate Simpson, academics and students from Homerton College, Cambridge as well as activists who are all invited to reflect on how poetry can help us rise to the challenges we are already facing and will continue to face over the coming decades.

Can art make a difference? How can we use creativity to mobilise emotion and affect real systematic change? Are there places where poetry falls short? Over an hour and a half, we will hear from our panel of experts before opening up for group discussion. 

Details: https://fb.me/e/ZXORz13f

Fellow in Creative Practice at UCL

This March I will be joining the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London as a Fellow in Creative Practice.

The purpose of the fellowship is to use creative methodologies to intervene in our ideas about knowledge production in academic contexts. I’ll be carrying out interdisciplinary research and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students about using poetry-writing methods in their academic practice.

You can read more about my research project here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/creative-fellowship-programme-202021-art-practice-predicated-unknowable and read my academic bio here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/dr-mariah-whelan

‘On Commemoration’ reviewed in the TLS

On Commemoration: Global Reflection upon Remembering War has been reviewed by Professor Jay Winter (Yale) in this week’s Times Literary Supplement. Professor Winter praised the collection for the way it draws attention to ‘the need to extend our catalogue of commemorative forms and sites to include many other media, including literary texts, testimony, music, prayer and silence’.

The key problem the book identifies, Professor Winter suggests, is ‘that of linking remembrance, understood as the process of reflecting on the past, usually but not always with other people; and memory, understood as the product of such reflections each of us carries’.

My research is interested in how trauma interrupts the processing of experience into memory, asking how we can find forms able to express what is often inexpressible. The poems I published in the collection use ink and redaction techniques to engage with these ideas. It’s very gratifying to see these creative-critical engagements, in dialogue with more conventional essays, so well received.

You can purchase On Commemoration here: https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/68826