Performance poet, writer and Cape Farewell’s 2013/14 Climate Poet-in-residence.
Performance poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz joined Cape Farewell’s 2013 Sea Change expedition, sailing across Scotland’s Northern Islands. She was also Cape Farewell’s Climate Poet-in-residence 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. Her animated poem The Environmental Refugee Holding Centre (ERHC), written during her residency, explores the increasing relevance of climate refugees.
During her residency she worked 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. The adaptation was written and performed in Sabrina’s significant spoken word poetry style.
Watch the Environmental Refugee Holding Centre (ERHC) by Sabrina Mahfouz
About the Climate Poet-in-residence programme
About the 2013 expedition