The Farewell Glacier by Nick Drake

Join us for a journey into the mysteries, wonders and climate emergencies of the high Arctic.

Scottish Composers, Emma Donald and Isbel Pendlebury, in collaboration with poet and playwright Nick Drake, have created a compelling, informing and emotionally powerful event of music and poetry for COP26. Award-winning Scottish actor, Peter Mullan will read the poems inspired by Nick’s voyage around the Svalbard archipelago. ‘The Farewell Glacier’ gathers together voices both human and non-human from across the Arctic’s past, present and future to tell a story of exploration, exploitation and imagination. From the first European explorers and whalers to ice-cores, mercury and even the Future herself, this is a story of the power and beauty of ice, the calamity of its loss, and a call to the imagination of every one of us to change the future for the better.

The Company

Peter Mullan – Reader

Nick Drake – Poet/Playwright

Emma Donald – Composer/Fiddle

Isbel Pendlebury – Composer/Clarsach

Serena Hill – Creative Associate

Edel Rae – Producer

The Farewell Glacier’ is performed by kind permission of the publishers Bloodaxe Books Ltd. Music copyright Emma Donald and Isbel Pendlebury We gratefully acknowledge the support and generosity of: The Pebble Trust The Highland Museum of Childhood The individual supporters who, for the sake of the climate, invested their trust and money in our story.


Poets for the Planet and Imperial College London present Earthsong: science-inspired poetry against climate change

Award-winning poets and spoken word artists from around the world have been matched with researchers from Imperial College London and beyond studying the causes, effects of, and solutions to climate change. In a mixture of exciting live performances and subtitled recordings, they’ll present poetry in a range of languages, with time for questions and answers from the live performers afterwards. The result will be a cross-cultural feast of poetry and science, investigating the danger our natural and human landscapes are facing across the globe and what we can do about it.

Poets: Santiago Acosta, Adnan Al-Sayegh and Jenny Lewis, Luca Bernardini, Annsh Chawla, Moya De Feyter, Harry Josephine Giles, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Robin Lamboll, Yang Lian, Ian McLachlan, Jérôme Pinel, Pieta Poeta, Jacqueline Saphra, Marvin Thompson, Anton Trubaïchuk, Debra Watson, Tamar Yoseloff, Sindiswa Zulu.

Poets for the Planet is a community of kindred poets, performers, artists and creative activists raising their voices to engage with climate and ecological emergency through poetry in all its forms.

Website: poetsfortheplanet.org
Facebook/Instagram/YouTube: @poetsfortheplanet
Twitter: @poets4theplanet

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London provides world-class research, training and innovation towards effective action on climate change and the environment.

Website: imperial.ac.uk/grantham
Twitter: @Grantham_IC


Musicians In Exile

Musicians in Exile, Glasgow’s asylum seeking and refugee musicians, perform their homelands’ music, with new songs created for COP26 about climate change’s impact on refugees.

With Eyve Madyise from Zimbabwe, Jose Rojas from Chile, Midya Jan from Syria, Aref Ghorbani and Milad Gharibi from Iran, Angaddeep & Param Singh Vig from India/Afghanistan and Calum Ingram from Scotland.

Founded in 2018, this group provides free instruments, rehearsal space, travel expenses and gigs to Scotland’s most vulnerable musicians. Shortlisted for this year’s European, and The Herald, Diversity Awards, a project of The Glasgow Barons, Govan’s orchestra www.glasgowbarons.com


Catalysing our Net Zero Future: working with people to take action on climate change

While systemic government action is critical to our low carbon transition, people also want to know what they can do to take climate action. To effectively and fairly tackle climate change citizens must be engaged and have access to information that can support them to take action.

This session focuses on the potential for people as agents of change – in different roles and different ways – to contribute to a Net Zero and climate resilient future. Bringing together cutting edge data and expertise from academics and practitioners, the session will offer different examples of how to understand the barriers people face to taking action, and solutions on how to break them down.

The session will cover the spectrum of actions people can take, from low-carbon lifestyles; to changing social and cultural norms; providing social mandates for change; to pushing for systemic change through activism and advocacy.

As well as sharing our own research, we will use audience engagement to bring everyone into conversation about how we can catalyse our low carbon and climate resilient future.


Dr Katharine Steentjes, CAST

Dr Lewis Akenji, Hot or Cool institute

Dr Susie Wang, Climate Outreach

Dr Vanessa Timmer, OneEarth Canada

Chair: Dr. Stuart Capstick, CAST (Centre for Climate and Social Transformations)