West Kirby-based literary arts organisation, Read Now Write Now, has led a new project asking young writers to create inspirational climate change stories.
26 children, from across the Liverpool City Region, presented their stories to an audience in the Discover Room of Liverpool Central Library and these stories, and others, will also be showcased in libraries across the region, online, on YouTube, and as an online anthology on Borrow Box.
Charlie Lea, principal of Read Now Write Now, said: “Climate change is the biggest worry facing the planet and so many people today either feel disempowered about doing something to help or are still ignorant of what is happening.
“The amazing stories written by our climate champions will hopefully go along way to show people all about the major causes of climate change, its effects and how we can all do something to help tackle it.”
During the project, a total of 84 young people took part in live Zoom based creative writing sessions. The Hope for the Future climate change charity also presented at these sessions and showed everyone the local effects of climate change including flooding and the rise in sea levels.
As well as being funded by a grant from Arts Council England, six local library services were also involved: Liverpool; Wirral; Sefton; St Helens; Halton and Cheshire West.
Read Now Write Now is a literary arts organisation and was established in 2015 by Charlie Lea. It delivers children’s and adult creative writing courses throughout the Liverpool City Region and the north-west. readnowwritenow.org.uk