How can poetry be of practical help in the climate crisis? How can it set the tone for the contemporary debate? How can it inform a collective response across continents? Join a whole host of poets, readers, and interdisciplinary thinkers to explore these urgent questions through the work of two international writers: Patrick Geddes and Rabindranath Tagore. Over two complementary sessions, dive into the historic relationship between Tagore, Geddes, and the leader of the 1920s Scottish Renaissance, Hugh MacDiarmid, and explore the relevance of their legacy in contemporary ecological poetry in both Scotland and India. Each session will feature a lively combination of short talks, readings, writing activities, and creative responses.
Throughout the festival you will also have the opportunity to contribute to a crowdsourced poem inspired by the event’s themes. Keep an eye on @UofGArts channels for details!