Writing the Climate, the Climate of Writing

Whether we tame nature by creating gardens, exploit it by growing food and breeding stock, or damage it with expansion of cities, industries and transport, we have reached a critical point when climate change calls for a radical rethinking of human interaction with nature. Writing the Climate, the Climate of Writing was a literary collaboration with the Metropolis Bleu Festival in Montreal that brought together the Quebecois novelist Christian Guay-Poliquin with the Welsh author and scriptwriter Fflur Dafydd in an exchange about our relationship with nature and our impact on the environment.

The two authors were commissioned to write a text addressing these concerns and share it with audiences during their joint appearance at the festival in May 2022, where their readings of the texts were recorded for a podcast by Metropolis Bleu.

Christian Guay-Poliquin then visited Wales in June and spend a week in Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Cardiff, meeting audiences and local writers. In Aberystwyth he was in conversation with the Welsh-language novelist Siân Melangell Dafydd about writing in French in North America, about how of the language movement in Quebec has shaped culture in the province and the vibrant city of Montreal and about the ‘climate’ in which minoritised literatures can thrive.

From Aberystwyth he travelled to Carmarthen where he appeared with his counterpart Fflur Dafydd in a double bill: a brunch event at the media and creativity hub Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and in the National Botanic Garden of Wales, both moderated by Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones. He then spent a day in Cardiff concluding his short tour of Wales before travelling back to Montreal.

See Events for details and view recordings of the three events here.

Writing the Climate, the Climate of Writing was produced by Literature Across Frontiers in partnership with Metropolis Bleu Festival, Canolfan S4C Yr Egin and the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and was supported by the Welsh Government and the Government of Quebec.

Photos: Fflur Dafydd © Celf Calon, Siân Melangell Dafydd © Edo Matić, Christian Guay-Poliquin © Laurence Grandbois-Bernard