Writing for the Earth: An Ecocriticism Symposium

Thu 26 May, 7PM

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Writing for the Earth: An Ecocriticism Symposium

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Thu 26 May 2022 7PM

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"The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world.

Why are you here? How do you fit in?"

– (Attenborough, The Independent, 2017)

The Riverside Theatre is proud to present Writing for the Earth: An Ecocriticism Symposium.  Developed by the faculty of English at Ulster University, Coleraine, the symposium will explore literature about the environment – and humanity’s detrimental impact upon it – in innovative and accessible ways.  This is not strictly an academic conference, but rather an opportunity for Arts and Humanities at Ulster to showcase literature’s deep connection with nature and the Climate Crisis in a manner which is as approachable as it is illuminating.

Across a series of succinct and incisive presentations, the speakers will touch on such varied areas of ecocriticism from the recognisable William Wordsworth, to the first Native American Poet Laureate Joy Harjo; from the Indian writer and environmental activist Arundhati Roy, to original poetry which engages with the fraught relationship between the natural and built environment. Now, in the midst of the Anthropocene, ecocriticism as a mode of reading is of greater importance than ever before given the rising sea levels, tears in the ozone layer, and record-breaking wildfires.

We look forward to welcoming you to our evening of engrossing discussions and poetry…

For updates on the symposium, follow us on Twitter: @WritingforEarth.

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