“We Don’t Know Who Will Be the Rosa Parks of the Climate Movement” – Alex Lockwood at THE ANTIDOTE

Here’s acclaimed activist, writer and founder-member of our Writers Rebel clan Alex Lockwood, with a clarion call to action. We’ve vanishingly little time left to mitigate against the worst case climate scenarios so if you’re waiting for your time to act: your time is now.     Alex wrote The Chernobyl Privileges, a story of […]

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“Hope is a group project” – Nikita Gill at The Antidote

Today’s interview is with Nikita Gill, who mesmerised our ANTIDOTE crowd with three poems that find extraordinary in the everyday. She read out her Reasons to Live Through the Apocalypse. What are yours?     Watch Nikita’s full performance here.   Or click here to see the entire festival – with contributions from eminent writers, poets and […]

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“Are WE the endangered species?” Zena Edwards at the Antidote

Listen to the impassioned interview from Zena Edwards following her performance at THE ANTIDOTE, Writers Rebel’s street literature festival. Zena asked us: “are WE the endangered species?”. Her bold performance suggested we use imagination as a vaccine to the climate emergency. Here’s more:     You can watch Zena’s full performance here.   Or click […]

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Lemn Sissay OBE for Writers Rebel’s The Antidote

Here’s Lemn Sissay, OBE, official poet of the London Olympics and all-round legend, at Tate Modern in London on Friday 15 April 2022. He’d just come off stage after giving an amazing, inspiring performance for THE ANTIDOTE, a rebellious literary street festival held during the April 2022 Rebellion.     You can watch Lemn’s full […]

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As the Oil Pumps, the Blood SpillsStephen Young

  Behind the missiles, bombs and bullets raining down on Ukraine lie fossil fuels. The rich world’s addiction to perpetual energy is financing a dictator’s war. The Ukrainians fleeing home and those who’ve stayed to fight are at the mercy of a twisted economic system. As the oil pumps, the blood spills.  Oil and gas […]

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Satisfying, empowering, life-affirming: civil disobediencePeter Kalmus

  Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist, known as @ClimateHuman on Twitter, founder of ClimateAd and a  number of other organisations responding to the climate crisis. Last week he was arrested with Scientist Rebellion. Yesterday (Tuesday 12th April 2022) he spoke at the a launch event of the new A22 global climate change civil resistance […]

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Q&A with Maggie GeeSharon Eckman

Professor Maggie Gee speaks to Writers Rebel’s Sharon Eckman about her new book The Red Children, released today, and how it might inspire wider understanding and action around climate change. Read on for some extracts from the book.   SE: You said that you wanted to write an ‘upbeat, funny novel’ about climate change, which […]

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Q&A with Margaret AtwoodToby Litt

  This interview took place on Thursday 24th March 2022. The wonderful Margaret Atwood was in London for an event at the Royal Festival Hall, promoting Burning Questions, her new book of essays and occasional pieces. She spoke with Toby Litt, editor of the Writers Rebel website.   TL: Thank you for talking to us. […]

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What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies that the River Gives UsPhilip Webb Gregg

  There is a place where the river meets the land; a kink in the direction of the water, so that the usually tranquil current froths to a restless swirl, and things wash up onto the grass like bad food spat out. For the past two weeks we have been pulling bodies from that place […]

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Running out of timeAna Campos

  Bombs are falling on Kiev in a war whose outcome could bring unimaginable consequences. As if the environmental crisis were not dangerous enough for life on Earth, we must wonder: is humanity incapable of mastering its own demons?  We have been blessed with an amazing planet born 4.5 billion years ago; a small fireball […]

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Don’t Be Like MeMark Engineer

  I have a confession to make. I’m a world class procrastinator. A heavyweight champion faffer-abouter. An Olympic standard timewaster. (This isn’t the confession. I’m just setting the scene.) It’s not great. It drives my friends and family nuts. It’s of practically no use in a climate and ecological emergency, which is all about acting […]

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