Climate Poet-in-Residence

Zia Ahmed

Climate Poet-in-Residence 2014 / 2015

We are proud to announce our Poet in Residence for 2014-2015, Zia Ahmed. Zia performed at our Rhyme and Reason poetry slam event at the LSE in February and Cape Farewell was blown away with his creativity, style and dry humour. His unique style gives a complete new and very personal approach to how climate plays a role in our own lives.

For our major global climate festival ArtCop21 we've programmed a great new event Whole Earth? Launch Party on the 15th October at Leeds University  - if you are in the area, we strongly recommend you check it out! 

Zia is a member of the Elephant Collective. Elephant is a collective of writers, poets, rappers, visual artists, producers and storytellers. They have performed around the world from New York to Berlin, Paris to Sofia, popping up everywhere from BBC radio, to CNN, to festival stages, sipping tea and telling stories. Performance highlights include; Bestival, the House of Commons, Secret Garden Party, the Southbank centre and many more. Zia won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2011.

+ Watch Zia Ahmed at Rhyme and Reason

Sabrina Mahfouz

Climate Poet-in-Residence 2013 / 2014

We are delighted that Sabrina Mahfouz, Cape Farewell’s poet in residence for 2013/2014, will continue to work with us for another year. This year she will be working on an adaptation of the story of Prometheus, using the original ancient structure and characters to tell an epic modern tale about climate change – how humans have misused the gifts given to them and yet how there is still hope in their potential.

The story of Prometheus is an Ancient Greek myth dramatized by Aeschylus. In crude terms, Prometheus gave fire and arts, reason and skills to humans and Zeus punished him for this by tying him to a rock and having an eagle peck his liver every night, only for it to grow back in the morning.

This adaptation will be written and performed in Sabrina’s significant spoken word poetry style and, planned to take place in April 2016. Cape Farewell will keep you updated on the progress.

Performance poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz was Cape Farewell’s Climate Poet-in-Residence for 2013/14. Taking over the residency occupied by Tom Chivers in 2012, Sabrina created a multi-strand narrative project, featuring text, sound, visual art, and film. As part of the residency Sabrina headlined and curated Rhyme and Reason, a slam poetry event at the London School of Economics.

Tom Chivers

Climate Poet-in-Residence 2012 / 2013

Over a year-long period of creative enquiry, Tom Chivers mapped the natural territories written into urban space: the peat bog underneath Elephant & Castle, Battersea's tidal loop, and London’s bricked-up rivers, the Walbrook, Effra, Fleet... Tom’s residency explored the relationship between the environments we find and the environments we build.
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