Climate Cabaret

Join us for an unmissable evening! Will Attenborough, actor, advocate for Fossil Free UK, and great-nephew of Sir David Attenborough, will welcome a wide range of speakers to respond to the ongoing climate emergency through prose, poetry, and art.

Caroline Lucas is a British Green Party politician who has twice led the party and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Pavilion since the 2010 general election. She is known as a campaigner and writer on green economics, localisation, alternatives to globalisation, trade justice, animal welfare and food. In her time as a politician and activist, she has worked with non-governmental organisations and think tanks, including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Oxfam. She is guest directing the climate emergency strand of the Festival.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the New Statesman then the Sunday Times before leaving to become a full-time writer. Her first book, The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and she has since written several highly acclaimed and bestselling biographies. They include Jane Austen: A Life, The Invisible Woman, which won three major literary awards, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Selina Nwulu is a writer, essayist and social researcher with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Blavity, i-D and ES Magazine amongst others. She has toured with my poetry both nationally and internationally, most notably at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews and Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway as well as a literary tour in Northern India with the British Council. She’ been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, the RSA, A New Direction and the Wellcome Trust, and her debut collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society (PBS) recommendation.

Rebecca Stott is a professor of English literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. She is the author of Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, the novels The Coral Thief and the national bestseller Ghostwalk, and a biography, Darwin and the Barnacle. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and lives in Norwich.

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of many novels, including most recently Autumn, Winter and Spring in the ‘Seasonal’ quartet. Her 2014 novel How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. She has also been shortlisted once for the Orwell Prize, twice for the Orange Prize and four times for the Man Booker Prize, among many other prizes. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge and is an Honorary Patron of Cambridge Literary Festival.

Paul Kindersly is an artist who, as part of an overreaching desire to probe the mechanisms of personal and public relationships, creates site-specific works, spontaneous performances, theatrical plays, costumes, objects and feature films that operate between performance, film, drawing and storytelling. He has exhibited widely including at Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Selfridges, London; Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo; Kunstschlager, Reykjavik; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Extramentale, Arles; MACVAL, Paris, and many more. He is a visiting lecturer and drawing tutor at UAL, University of Suffolk and Goldsmiths and is represented by Belmacz gallery, London.

Jude Yawson is a multifaceted writer of poetry, film reviews, articles, essays, and biographies. Last year he co-edited and co-wrote Stormzy’s Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far published under his Merky Books imprint at Penguin Random House. He’s recently facilitated a workshop, ‘Writing to Understand Climate Change’, at the Southbank Centre, London.

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and meme archivist. She is the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and has appeared in Granta, Artforum, Poetry International, BBC Radio 4, Vogue and Real Life Mag. She is the former Young People’s Laureate for London and a columnist-in-residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published by Goldsmiths Press in November 2019.

Tamsin Blaxter is a Research Fellow at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. She is a historical linguist with multiple academic publications, as well as a poet exploring the relationship between humans and landscape. Her chapbook, after the great death, was published by 845 press in October 2019.

JJ Lucyszyn is a PhD student at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is a prize-winning poet and essayist writing on discourses of nature, diaspora and queer ecologies. His most recent work – ‘el animal que luego estoy es chido’ – is in collaboration with the Bogotá-based Teatro Mayor contemporary dance company. The poem, written in Spanish and English, will appear in the Colombian magazine ‘Arcadia’.


With thanks to Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants.

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