Writing the Climate, the Climate of Writing

Writing the Climate, the Climate of Writing is a literary collaboration with the Metropolis Bleu Festival in Montreal that brings 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. 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.

The two authors have been commissioned to write a text addressing these concerns and will share these with audiences during their joint appearances in Montreal and in Wales. Their readings of the texts will be recorded for a podcast by Metropolis Bleu where the two will be reading in Montreal’s Botanical Garden in early May.

Christian Guay-Poliquin will visit Wales in June and spend a week in Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Cardiff, meeting audiences and local writers. In Aberystwyth he will be 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 will travel to Carmarthen where he will appear with his counterpart Fflur Dafydd in a double bill: a brunch event at the media and creativity hub Canolfan S4C Yr Egin where the two authors will be in conversation with Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, and a reading in the National Botanic Garden of Wales where they will share their texts written for the project in a reading moderated by Carys Ifan. He will then spend a day in Cardiff concluding his short tour of Wales before travelling back to Montreal.

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

Photos: Fflur Dafydd © Celf Calon, Christian Guay-Poliquin © Laurence Grandbois-Bernard