‘Reading for Change’: We Still Have Chance
Polylingual reading of 12 stories for 12 days of COP and their translations by UG and PG students
Event supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
|A Centre for Translating Cultures seminar|
|Date||9 November 2022|
|Time||17:30 to 18:30|
|Organizer||Dr Eliana Maestri|
Inspired by Gill Rye’s book Reading for Change, this public event will host a polylingual reading of We still Have a Chance, twelve stories for twelve days of COP, and their translations by UG and PG students of the University of Exeter. This event, organised to echo UN conference COP27, aims to reflect on climate change. This event is part of the COP27 project led by Dr Eliana Maestri and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
We Still Have a Chance: 12 Stories for 12 Days of COP27 was co-created by scientists, activists, artists and students in the UK and Egypt along with experts, researchers and creative writers from the University of Exeter, the Met Office, UCL, Egyptian environmental organization Banlastic and Egyptian musician poet and Hamed Haddad, ahead of COP27 in Sharm el-Shikh in November. The anthology will be made available to the public for download and in print and will form the basis of performances in Cairo, a film, and murals, as well as events in Exeter. The 12 Stories were translated into Arabic by PhD students in Translation Studies, Sarah Alateeg, Slwa Alhammad, Rawan Al Qassas and Majida Deeb Ibrahim. Five undergraduate student interns – Zuzanna Bialas, Emily Cooper, Anthony de Carlile, Rhian Hutchings and Alia Manshi – translated them into Afrikaans, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Welsh. The stories and translations will be available from the University of Exeter’s Green Futures website. Read the full story on the university news.
In the lead up to COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, join us in ‘Reading for change’: We Still Have a Chance at MakeTank on 9 November from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Reading has the power to change how we think and act, as Gill Rye’s Reading for Change book illustrates.
We Still Have a Chance: 12 Stories for 12 Days of COP27 was co-created by scientists, health professionals, activists, artists, and storytellers from Exeter and Egypt. We invite you to engage with these powerful human stories behind climate change and to be part of the conversation and the solutions we all need to take to save and restore our planet. The stories will be told in English and in Arabic.
Speakers from the University of Exeter and the Met Office will engage with the audience, discuss how these stories are coming to life through translation and reflect on how storytelling can bring us together and offer solutions to the climate and health emergency. A beautiful graffiti artwork on wood inspired by the stories and produced by artist Steve McCracken will also be on display.
This event is part of the 12 Stories for 12 Days of COP27 project led by Dr Eliana Maestri from the University of Exeter and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Inspired by the stories? Visit us on the University of Exeter Green Futures website