30.09.2021

“where were you / when the seas / were warming?” A Young Poets Network showcase with People Need Nature

Join us as ten award-winning young poets speak out against climate injustice and call for natural and humane solutions to the climate crisis.

We’ll hear from the winners of the Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis Challenge, run by The Poetry Society’s global Young Poets Network in partnership with People Need Nature. Writers aged 15-24 from across the UK, Canada, India, Philippines and USA will perform urgent new work.

Performing in person will be first-prize winner Maggie Wang, commended poets Aliyah Begum, Renée Orleans-Lindsay and Daniel Clark, and local Foyle Young Poet Mags Dixon. We’ll also beam in performances from the other winners across the globe: Jayant Kashyap, Brooke Nind, Sabrina Guo, Irma Kiss Barath and Yvanna Vien Tica.

Thanks to People Need Nature, poet Louisa Adjoa-Parker (who set the Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis Challenge) has worked closely with children at Damers School in Poundbury, Dorset. A short film of the children performing poetry about their feelings towards the climate crisis will be broadcast during the showcase.

Founded in 1909, The Poetry Society is the UK’s leading organisation for poetry. With innovative education and commissioning programmes, and a packed calendar of performances, competitions and digital projects, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. Young Poets Network is its online platform for young poets worldwide up to the age of 25. poetrysociety.org.uk

People Need Nature is a charity which promotes the value of nature for people in their everyday lives. PNN also work to influence public thinking and policy to place a greater value on nature. peopleneednature.org.uk

This is the fourth partnership between Young Poets Network and People Need Nature, generously supported by Mrs J R King.