Weather Stations

The Wheeler Centre is one of five partners in a new global project which places literature and storytelling at the heart of the conversations around climate change. Launched in 2014, the Weather Stations project harnesses the transformative power of words to imagine, in the context of a threatened environment, how we might live our lives differently.

Each Weather Station has appointed a writer in residence, whose task is to produce a body of work that reflects how they view our relationship with the environment. The Wheeler Centre’s writer in residence is Tony Birch.

From Monday 21 April 2014, all five writers (Oisín McGann, Mirko Bonné, Xiaolu Guo, Jaś Kapela and Tony Birch) began blogging and undertaking a residency together in Australia. During this time, we hosted several events featuring these writers, and introduced them to scientists, natural landscapes and ideas from around Australia. 

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Over 18 months, Weather Stations will bring together five cultural institutions from around the world: the Wheeler Centre, Free Word in London, internationales literaturfestival Berlin, Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw and Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin.

Weather Stations: Substations

The Weather Stations: Substations project at Footscray City College involves a class of year nine students in an innovative program that invites them to engage with climate change and the environment, through art and creativity.

They are currently taking writing workshops with Tony Birch, going on excursions – including a city laneway walk, a walk along the Yarra with an Indigenous perspective, and a guided forage for food in Footscray (followed by preparing a meal) – and being visited in class by leading thinkers and artists. Find out more in our Notes and in this Age article. The students have created their own blog here.

Image: Students undertaking the Substations programme.

Students from the Footscray City College Substation

About Australian writer in residence Tony Birch

Image: Tony Birch

Australian writer in residence Tony Birch

Tony Birch was born in inner-city Melbourne to a large family of Aboriginal, West Indian and Irish descent. His challenging upbringing inspires much of his work. Two of Birch’s novels – Shadowboxing and Father’s Day – are taught in the Victorian secondary school system.

Birch is also the author of Blood, shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award.

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