The Grief of Ecological Collapse: A Ginkgo Prize Workshop

The Grief of Ecological Collapse: A Ginkgo Prize Workshop

This workshop explores how as writers we can face the grief of climate change and ecological collapse.

Almost two decades into the twenty first century, it is becoming increasingly clear that without serious change in our behaviour as a species, we are headed towards environmental catastrophe and ecological collapse. Yet with governments and businesses seemingly inert or unwilling to act, many feel a profound sense of helplessness alongside a grief for what has not yet been lost; it is this grief itself that paralyses us. What we know of grief from psychological models is that it has seven stages – shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance. But because of our sense of helplessness, most of us are stuck in one of the first five stages.

This workshop explores this grief and how, as writers and humans, we can face darkness in order to reach acceptance and a position from which positive action can then be taken.

Saturday 24 August, 10.30am – 2pm. The session will take place at The Poetry School, 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU. 

The Ginkgo Prize, organised by the Poetry School, is the world’s largest prize for ecopoetry.

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Dom Bury is a writer and poet. He runs workshops on nature, ecopoetry and the emotional impact of climate change. His poems have been published in places such as Poetry Review, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, Magma, Ambit, Iota, The North, Oxford Poetry, The New European, and Best British Poetry 2014. He is a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship, and has won the National Poetry Competition and the Magma Poetry Prize. He came second in the Resurgence Ecopoetry Competition, now known as the Ginkgo Prize.

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