About the Project

SWITCH is a youth poetics programme developed by the pioneering arts organisation Cape Farewell, in partnership with The Poetry Society, the UK’s leading spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes and the Shoreditch cultural venue, Rich Mix. It features the poets Charlie Dark and Karen McCarthy Woolf, and runs from January to April 2013.   SWITCH is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 18.

The Switch Inspire Site

This website has been curated by the poet Karen McCarthy Woolf. She has chosen images, text and video from Cape Farewell’s archive of cultural responses to climate change.

Cape Farewell is an arts organisation that invites artists to think about climate science creatively, and much of the material Karen has chosen is drawn from expeditions Cape Farewell led of artists and scientists to places affected by climate change – like the Antarctic and the Peruvian rainforest.

The Switch Inspire site is designed to inspire you to think about your own creative response to climate change. Click on ‘Get Inspired’ and start your journey!

Weekly Challenges on the Young Poets’ Network

To mark the launch of SWITCH, Cape Farewell has teamed up with Karen McCarthy Woolf and The Poetry Society‘s Young Poets’ Network to run a series of poetic challenges for young poets aged 11 – 18.

Launching on 18th January for 4 weeks, these challenges will inspire you to start your own poetic journey through the topic of climate change. Keep an eye on the News page to find out more, or check out the Young Poets’ Network.

Workshops with Apples and Snakes and Rich Mix

If you are aged between 15 and 18 and live in London, come along to RichMix on Tuesday evenings from 5th March (see dates below) for the SWITCH workshops, delivered in partnership with Apples and Snakes.

You will work with performance poet Charlie Dark as together you explore the themes around climate change through spoken word including poetry, rapping and storytelling. New work created will be shown through a film or performed at a live event held at RichMix on Monday 29 April.

Workshop dates: Tuesday 5 / Tuesday 12 / Tuesday 19 / Tuesday 26 March / Tuesday 16 / Tuesday 23 April, 4pm – 6pm

Performance event: Monday 29 April, 7pm

Where: RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Tickets: FREE
Booking: daisy@applesandsnakes.org / text SWITCH and your name to 07952 279410 / just turn up!
Info: 0845 521 3460

Learning Materials

We will also be producing a series of learning materials for schools, to be launched in April 2013.


For press enquiries, please contact sarah@sarahharrisonpr.com
For general enquiries, please contact marypaterson@capefarewell.com


SWITCH is supported by DEFRA and Arts Council, England.

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