Alice Angus and Giles Lane of Proboscis have kindly invited me to curate an informal studio event where some of the ideas explored in my novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South (Science Museum, 2013) can be discussed with a small audience.
I have invited two other authors to join me for readings and discussion: the artist and activist James Marriott of Platform, a London-based arts, human rights and environmental justice organisation, and performance artist Hayley Newman, who is committed to working collectively around the current economic and ecological crisis.
James Marriot is co-author with Mika Minio-Paluello of The Oil Road (Verso), an extraordinary book tracing the concealed routes from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe. The Oil Road maps this ‘carbon web’, guiding the reader through a previously obscured landscape of energy production and consumption, resistance and profit.
Hayley Newman is the author of a new novella, Common (Copy Press), which chronicles one day of her self-appointed artist’s residency in the City of London. Taking us to crashes in global markets, turbulence in the Euro-zone and riots on hot summer nights, Common opens up the City through richly imaginative stories and empowering political actions.
Readings and discussion will be chaired by curator and interdisciplinary innovator Bronac Ferran
Climate Commons: literature, climate change and activism
6-8pm, 19 June 2013
4th Floor 101 Turnmill Street
EC1M 5QP London