A unique take on COVID-19 and the climate emergency – through poetry, humour, music and storytelling six exceptional artists explore their own creative perspectives on a global challenge.

SIRENS are here to listen, feel, connect, create and share new work underpinned by the climate emergency challenge, the ongoing crisis that now runs parallel with the pandemic.

SIRENS is a group of award-winning performers who have come together, following an open call for artists, to creatively reimagine the climate and environmental crisis. Spoken word artists Chris White, Liv Torc, Peter Bearder and Shagufta K Iqbal are joined by musicians Hal Kelly and Pete Yelding for this extraordinary show, which inspires a cultural revival on climate activism.

Weaving together work commissioned during the 2020 lockdown, the show is a poetic and musical exploration on themes of climate change in the time of Covid19. Through poetry, humour, music and storytelling, these exceptional artists explore their own creative perspectives on this global challenge, each bringing a fresh and exciting offering. In a show that is both vital and timely, expect diverse moments of joy, activism, shock, hope and community spirit, all wrapped up in a lively and moving performance experience.

“There was truly something for everyone. Totally impressed and moved.”

Danny Pandolfi, Founder/Director of Raise the Bar



A selection of newly commissioned SIRENS poems and films

I Spoke to the Earth

In response to Liv Torc’s Siren Poets project, 60 workshop participants went out into nature to have a conversation with the Earth. They shared their experiences – many filming their poetic responses outside, somewhere they love. Woven together by Liv Torc, this film is a creative re-telling of their discoveries.

artwork illustration of figures praying

An Ode to An Nahl

Poetry by Shagufta K Iqbal, with artwork by Sabba Khan.
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An epic poem by Chris White about plastic pollution, how we got here and where we’re headed. This is your life mapped out in plastic.

Generous Earth

Pete (The Temp) Bearder launches this song in Gratitude to Gaia, with sublime vocals from Florence Pardoe, his first Siren Poets film.

New Normal

Experimental sound poetry about mental health, climate change and Covid-19, Pete (The Temp) Bearder’s second Siren Poets film.

Sponsor an Activist

Pete (The Temp) Bearder’s final Siren Poets film – a charity advert parody.

“I found it absolutely mesmerising, atmospheric and enchanting. I haven’t seen a performance like this for many many years and I am excited that Sirens are bringing back complex spoken word experiences to audiences.” 

Lucy English, Co-Director of Liberated Words and Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival

SIRENS is Cape Farewell’s emergency cultural response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency. Follow us on social media or sign up to the mailing list to be the first to know what’s next for Siren Poets. @capefarewell #sirenpoets

Commissioned and produced by Cape Farewell and supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

Meet the Sirens

spot-lit woman performing poetry

Liv Torc

Spoken word artist and producer who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human and planetary condition

Chris White

Poet and performer with a passion for making poetry which is fun and accessible

Hal Kelly

British musician and one of Cape Farewell’s SIRENS
spotlit woman performing poetry

Siren Call

Siren Call: the power of performance poetry

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