Irish Writers Centre Climate Writing Sessions with Kerri ní Dochartaigh

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Wednesday 17 July 2024

5:00 pm


Bantry Library

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The Irish Writers Centre, in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, presents a special edition of the IWC Climate Writing Sessions. In this one-off session, meet author Kerri ní Dochartaigh who will speak about her writing process, read from her prose and share her views on exploring climate action through creative writing. Kerri will also present a reading list of climate writing authors and answer any questions that the audience may have.

Admission: Free

We welcome anyone with an interest in averting further climate change through poetry and prose, anyone interested in writing fiction (all genres), non-fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction. You do NOT have to change the genre in which you write, you can simply embed some positive climate solutions into your writing. You can be at any stage of your writing career, from beginner to published. We also encourage anyone with a background in climate change, or newcomers who just want to know more.


The Irish Writers Centre’s Climate Writing Sessions were launched on 1st July 2021 by the former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. Prior to this, award-winning author Lynn Buckle came to us with a proposal to start a monthly, online group that was free to join and focused on solution-based ideas whilst centring climate action through all writing forms. Three years later and thanks to continued support from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, this ground-breaking initiative is still going strong.


The IWC Climate Writing Sessions can take a variety of forms, featuring interviews with guest authors, NGOs, politicians, policy-makers or scientists involved in conservation, climate justice, ecology, politics, industry, law, agriculture, finance and so forth. We’ve hosted guest publishers and editors, undertaken book reviews and occasionally there’s even some room left over for writing exercises, tuition, and feedback!


Former guest speakers have included the following writers, activists, editors, politicians: Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Jessie Greengrass, Piers Torday, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mary Black Director of Atmospheric Science UK, Katie Holten, Kerri ni Dochartaigh, Gerry McGovern, Channel Magazine, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Chair Irish Government Committee Climate Action, Craig Jordan Baker, Richard Nairn, Byddi Lee, Fiona Gell, Grace Wells, Khairani Barokka, Ryan Dennis, Sim Kern, Marianne Lee, Lovis Geier, Denise Baden of Green Stories, Manchan Magan, Christian Vadnais, Clodagh Daly of Centre for Environmental Justice, Doreen Cunningham, J. Bailey Hutchinson of Milkweed Editions, Anja Murray, Robert McFarlane, Tom Comitta, and Lauren James.


This event is presented by the Irish Writers Centre, in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature



Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Kerri ní Dochartaigh is a mother, writer and grower. Her work currently explores ideas of emergency, interconnectedness and ecologies of care. Her first book, Thin Places, was published by Canongate...

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