Friday, 27 May 2011
I've got a new wave of tour dates to put up here soon, but here's a quick one for next Tuesday - if you're at the Hay Festival then come and see me in the This Is Rubbish tent!
This Is Rubbish is a brilliant project that rescues "waste" (i.e. surplus) food and transforms it into fantastic feasts. Here's their full timetable for Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st May - note that I'm scheduled for 2pm on the Tuesday, and may also be performing at the Tuesday night feast (tbc):
MONDAY 30TH MAY:
11am - 12pm Breakfast Roundtable: Talk food powers - policy makers vs supermarkets
with guests including Andrew Simms, author of Tescopoly. Served with breakfast bites.
12pm - 1pm Waste Drama! acting on our waste with rubbish games and waste wordplay
1pm - 2pm Lunch Roundtable: Talk food production - methods and madness
with special guests including Harriet Lamb, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation. Served with light lunch snacks.
2pm - 3pm Is This Rubbish? Re-Writing Waste; writing and performance workshop
3pm - 4pm Low Carbon Cook Off Compete and eat!
4pm - 5pm Varied Veggies and Fanciful Fruits vegetable puppet making and stories
TUESDAY 31ST MAY:
11am - 12pm Speak with your Mouthful Food love and poetry play for all ages
12pm - 1pm Low Carbon Cook Off Compete and eat!
1pm - 2pm Lunch Roundtable: Talk food future with special guests including
Clare Patey, artist & curator, Iain Cox, Ecostudio & Martin Bowman, Food Not Bombs. Served with light lunch snacks.
2pm - 3pm Food Off! Surplus snacks and quiz with Danny Chivers, legendary performance poet & author of the ‘No Nonsense Guide to Climate Change’
3pm - 4pm Tea & Tales with Talia Dream up delicious poetry & eat your words over tea.
7pm - 9pm FEAST Dine on delicious discards transformed into delectable dishes in a 3 course intimate feast. Entertainment by ‘Bard’. Text 07966071073 to book.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, 18 April 2011
Just a quick post to update you all on my ongoing book / performance tour! I’m roaming around the country doing a rather unusual series of talks/gigs, mixing poetry, tales of protest, climate change news and bad jokes. It would be great to see you at any of the times and places listed below.
Thanks so much to all of you for your ongoing support,
LIVERPOOL, Saturday 23rd April, 7pm: Talk and performance at the Next To Nowhere Social Centre (next door to News From Nowhere bookshop), basement of 96 Bold St, L1 4HY - http://www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk/noticeboard/bookshopevents/index.php
MANCHESTER, Sunday 24th April: Talk and performance at the OKasional Café, tbc (email me for more info)
CAMBRIDGE, Monday 25th April, 7.30pm: Performance for Headstand, at The Emperor, Hills Road. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106539526099131
ST ALBANS, Tuesday 26th April, 7.30pm: Performance at Rrrants at the Goat Inn, 37 Sopwell Lane, AL1 1RN. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108247199260634
WALTHAMSTOW, Friday 6th May, 7.30pm: Night of the Green Poets at the Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152139374849507
LONDON, Monday 16th May, 7.30pm: Talk and performance at Pogo Café, 76 Clarence Road, Hackney, E5 8HB.
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Thursday 19th May, 7.30pm: Performance at Rrrants at the Olde Kings Arms, 41 High Street, HP1 3AF
WOOD FESTIVAL (TBC), 20th – 22nd May, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. http://www.thisistruck.com/wood/
UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, Sweden, 24th-25th May: Talk, workshop and performance at the “Challenging Uncertainties” conference for Education in Sustainable Development, http://www.challenginguncertainties.se/
CARDIFF, Thursday 2nd June: Talk and performance organised by local Friends of the Earth groups, details tbc (email me for more info)
LONDON, Sunday 5th June: Performance at the London Green Fair, Regents Park, precise times tbc (email me for more info) http://www.londongreenfair.org/
That’s probably enough for now, but there are more gigs and talks in the pipeline for Edinburgh, St Andrews, Birmingham, Leeds, Narberth (oh yes) and of course the Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Watch this space…
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
The book is a friendly pocket-sized overview covering climate science, targets, solutions, history, politics, and what action we can usefully take, all in one handy little guidebook. It's intended both as a primer for people new to the topic (or confused about it) and also as a "where are we at and where do we go from here" update for more experienced campaigners. As you'd expect, I've scattered the text with as many weird analogies, bad jokes, cheeky asides and snippets of verse as possible, and have done my best to leave the reader feeling positive and empowered rather than sunk in doom and gloom.
We're pestering various media outlets to review it, I'll let you know how that goes. It's already had a very positive review in Green Prophet, a Middle East environmental magazine.
It's available on Amazon, and direct from the New Internationalist website, but it's much better to support your local independent bookshop if you can. You can find your nearest independent bookstore on this website here. If your local bookshop doesn't have a copy yet, they should be very happy to order it in for you (why not suggest they order a few more for the shop while they're at it...?).
New Internationalist is a publishing cooperative that puts out all kinds of great books but has only a small marketing budget. That means that I'm relying heavily on word of mouth to get this out there. Do you have friends or relatives who ought to read this book? If so, please put a good word their way (or maybe buy them one as a super-thoughtful gift). While you're campaigning to save your local library from the spending cuts, why not drop in and suggest they buy a copy (this works far more often than you'd think)? Plus, of course, once you've read the book it would be wonderful if you could write up your thoughts in a reader review on Amazon, and of course share it all over the Twitbookosphere.
I'm also launching into a major run of talks and performances to plug the book all over the UK. Why not come and say hi at one of the events below? If there isn't one near you yet, drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions for likely venues and we'll see what we can sort out.
Thanks for all your support everyone!
Wed 2nd March, 6.30pm: Talk at the Dialogue Society, London on the topic of social movements
Friday 4th March, 7pm: Panel member, “A Million Climate Jobs” meeting, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford
Sat 5th March, 8pm: Evening poetry performance at 6 Billion Ways, London. http://6billionways.org.uk/
Tue 8th Feb, 6.30pm: Panel member at "Energy Union" event, Darwin Lecture Theatre, Malet Place, University College London
Fri 11th March, 7.30pm: Short talk at the opening night of the Conversations with the Earth festival, The Old Book Binders, 9 Green Street, Oxford
Sat 12th March, 7pm: Poetry performance at Re:Versing The Damage, part of the Conversations with the Earth festival, The Old Book Binders, 9 Green Street, Oxford
Sat 19th March: Climate activist poetry workshops, Visions for Global Justice (Scottish campaigners’ convention run by WDM), Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, Bath Street, Glasgow, near King’s Theatre. http://www.wdm.org.uk/events/scottish-campaigners-convention.
Sun 20th March, 2pm: Talk and performance at the Manchester University student anti-cuts occupation, Roscoe Building, Brunswick St, Manchester, M13
Mon 21st March, 8pm: Talk at Green Drinks Newport (Shropshire), The Royal Victoria Hotel, St Mary’s Street, Newport TF10 7AB. http://newport21.org.uk/
Thursday 31st March: Performance in support of Pete The Temp’s great new poetry show “Pete The Temp verses Climate Change”, Ovo Theatre, St Albans, http://www.ovotheatre.org.uk
Fri 1st April, 7pm: Book launch event at RISC, 35-39 London Street
Reading, RG1 4PS
Weds 13th April - Weds 20th April: Various dates to be confirmed as part of the Tar Sands Speaker Tour, featuring Indigenous activists from Canada and organised by the UK Tar Sands Network and Indigenous Environmental Network: www.no-tar-sands.org.uk
Tues 26th April: Poetry performance at Rrrants, The Goat Inn, 37 Sopwell Lane, St Albans, http://www.rrrants.com
Friday 6th May: Poetry performance at the Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 9AH. http://www.hornbeam.org.uk
Sun 15th May – Weds 18th May: Talk and performance sometime this week at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth (tbc) http://www.cat.org.uk/
Thurs 19th May: Poetry performance at Rrrants, The Olde Kings Arms 41 High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3AF. http://www.rrrants.com
Fri 20th May – Sun 22nd May: Poetry at the Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire (tbc)
Sat/Sun 18/19 June: Speaking and performing at the SW Friends of the Earth regional gathering (tbc)
Thurs 23rd - Sun 26th June: Poetry at the Speakers' Forum, Glastonbury Festival, various times
Weds 13th July, 7.30pm: Talk at Warborough & Shillingford WI, The Greet Hall, Sinodun View, Warborough, OX10
August: Talk and workshop at Methodist Fellowship event, also possible performance at the Edinburgh Fringe (if I get my act together)
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
This week, I was meant to be on trial at Nottingham Crown Court on a bizarre trumped-up protest
charge. However, the trial spectacularlycollapsed due to revelations about an undercover cop
who had infiltrated the UK environmental movement. Yes, my life has become a dodgy spy novel.
I’ve written up the full story for the New Internationalist. To my knowledge, it's the only account of
the whole bizarre affair from beginning to end that you can find online. Check it out:
Undercover and over-the-top: the collapse of the Ratcliffe trial
Weird weird world.
My other exciting news is...I’ve written a book! It’s called “The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate
Change”, and it’s my attempt to write an accessible and fun pocket-sized overview of this
complex scary mega-subject, combining all the basics with the latest facts and analysis. It goes
through the science step-by-step in non-technical language, explaining the key evidence and
debunking common misconceptions with the help of (inevitably, for me) bad puns and daft
analogies. It then covers climate targets, solutions, history, politics, and the way forward, with
top tips on how you can go beyond recycling and lightbulbs and actually change stuff for the
better, all in one handy little guidebook. It’s also got a poem in, obviously (I wonder if you can
guess which one?).
The book hits the shops in March, but you can read the first chapter for free and/or order an
advance copy from the New Internationalist website here:
The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change
Please do spread the word to anyone who might be interested. I’m thinking about organising a
book tour, so if you’re part of any sort of local group that might be interested in a combined
climate talk and poetry performance, let me know!
Finally, if you haven’t already seen it my poetry video on the government spending cuts and tax
dodgers is still online here.
Best wishes for 2011 everyone!