The COVID-19 pandemic has brought dramatic changes to all our lives, from the loss of loved ones to isolation and fear for the future. At the same time, we are facing a perfect storm of environmental crises, from climate change to pollution and the destruction of habitats and species. While scientific knowledge and innovations are essential in solving these problems, they are not sufficient on their own. We also need to be able to find hope in the face of loss and change, and to imagine different ways of living with nature and one another.
In this talk, Prof John Holmes will argue that, in this time of crisis, poetry can focus our minds on the things that really matter, helping us to work through grief and to find the imagination and the hope that will be needed to get us, individually and collectively, through to a better, more sustainable future.
Presented by the Department of English, Drama and Creative Studies