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Jessica Gaitán Johannesson
Join Wasafiri , the UK's leading magazine for international contemporary writing, and their current writer-in-residence Jessica Gaitán Johannesson for a workshop which explores the very idea of 'crisis' when we talk about climate change.
Writing on climate change has, especially in the Global North, been largely focused on dystopias and stories of future doom, but if we truly engage with the roots of environmental collapse - its basis in colonialism, capitalism and racism - we may find stories which are less about sudden cataclysm and more about long processes of violence and harm, but also resistance and imagination.
What happens when we play with the very idea of crisis and time in writing about environmental harm - expressing our connection to events across time as well as space? What kind of voices emerge that were previously pushed to the sides? What possible futures?
This workshop is part of a series delivered by Jessica Gaitán Johannesson as part of her residency with Wasafiri magazine, focusing on writing about and from the climate crisis with an intersectional scope.
Please note that this is primarily an in-person workshop as part of the Radical Book Fair, but you're very welcome to follow along via zoom by signing up for an online ticket. The workshop is open to everyone, regardless of experience and what kind of genre you usually write in.
Host: Jessica Gaitán Johannesson is a Swedish/Colombian writer and climate justice activist based in Edinburgh. Her writing has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Scotsman, Witness Magazine and Wasafiri among other publications. Her debut novel ‘How We Are Translated’ (Scribe) was published in Feb 2021 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. She is Wasafiri Magazine's Writer in residence for 2021-22 and is Digital Campaigns Manager for Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh.