What does it mean to write about the climate and environmental crisis? The answer depends so much on who, and where in the world, we are. To engage with environmental collapse, and its roots, requires an eye on both the local and global.
In this workshop, led by Wasafiri’s Jessica Gaitán Johannesson and held on Zoom, we experiment with this double vision, starting with near, intimate locations and following their connections to distant places. Reframing current events in time and space, we seek to find our own voice, beyond warnings or dystopias.
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 facilitates workshops on the colonial roots of the climate crisis and is Digital Campaigns Manager for Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh.