Thank you to everyone who entered our recent climate change poetry competition. The response was somewhat overwhelming, with 174 entries from 23 countries in 5 languages!
We both now have the exciting, but ultimately unenviable, task of selecting our favourite 20 poems for the forthcoming collection. We will be adopting a somewhat scientific approach to this review, reading the poems ‘blind’ (i.e. without looking at the name or any other identifying information of the poet) and conducting two independent adjudications before meeting up to coalesce on an agreed list.
We hope to have this done by the end of October, following which the poets will be contacted, and the book typeset for publication. It will then be sent out to the two wonderfully exciting people that we have lined up for the foreword (we are keeping this a surprise for now, but one of them is a poet and the other a scientist), sent back for a final typesetting, and then made available for publishing.
All being well the book should be available to purchase via Amazon by January 2018, with all proceeds going to the Environmental Justice Foundation to help fund the important work they are doing in protecting climate refugees and combatting climate change.
We will keep you updated with the progress of the book in the weeks that follow. So watch this space!
And finally, thank you to the Greenhouse Gases UK - GAUGE project for funding this work as part of their research into raising awareness of global greenhouse gas emissions.