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Penned in the Margins

7.30pm, £5

Join five writers interested in climate change, the environment and the city in a special evening of readings and discussion.

Writer Tom Chivers maps the hidden urban environment in a new poetry project ADRIFT. Daniel Kramb reads from From Here, his new book about climate change activism. Rachel Lichtenstein reads from her new book Diamond Street and explores the underground Fleet River. Michael McKimm investigates the poetics of geology. And Ruth Little of Cape Farewell discusses her experiences of expeditions to Greenland and the Scottish Islands.

Daniel Kramb

Daniel Kramb grew up in Germany and has lived in Hackney since 2004. He is the author of the novel Dark Times and the haiku collection Three Lines Towards. His latest book From Here is a novel about global warming and political activism. Read his Guardian blog about climate change and fiction.

Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist, writer, oral historian and curator. She is the author of Rodinsky’s Whitechapel (1999), Keeping Pace (2003), A Little Dust Whispered (2004), the co-author with Iain Sinclair of the highly praised Rodinsky’s Room (1999) and On Brick Lane (2008). Her latest book is Diamond Street: the hidden world of Hatton Garden.

Tom Chivers

Born in South London in 1983, Tom Chivers is a poet and arts producer. His books include How to Build a City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009) and several anthologies including City State (2010). He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. He is currently working with climate change arts organisation Cape Farewell to create ADRIFT: a new one-year poetry project to map and investigate the hidden landscapes of the city.?
Find out more about ADRIFT

Ruth Little

Ruth Little is an Australian dramaturg, teacher, writer and former academic. She is Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. Much of her work with writers and theatre artists explores the territory at the edge of chaos, and the dynamic relationship between order and disorder. Ruth joined Cape Farewell on the 2008 expedition to Disko Bay, West Greenland, and is currently involved in Sea Change – a project across Scotland's Western and Northern islands to consider people, place and resources in the context of climate change.

Michael McKimm

Michael McKimm was born in Belfast in 1983 and grew up near the Giant’s Causeway.  He graduated from the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Warwick in 2004 and won an Eric Gregory award in 2007. He lives in London, where he works for the Geological Society Library. His first collection of poetry is Still This Need (Heaventree Press, 2009). He is currently working on Written in the Rocks, a new body of poetic work which will explore the geology of climate change.

Produced by Penned in the Margins in association with Cape Farewell.


Date and time

15 November 2012

Please note
This is now a past event.


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