This event is being held in association with the WayWORD Festival. WayWORD is a student-led arts festival brought to you by the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, University of Aberdeen.

Members of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Poets group and the Scottish Writers Centre, John Bolland, Mandy Haggith & Eveline Pye make climate realities clear and present with poems that draw on biophysics, engineering, ecology, mathematics and more…

John Bolland’s writing in Scots and English is widely published in magazines and anthologies. After years in the oil and gas industry, he is now a writer, artist and musician living and working in Aberdeenshire. His poetry collection, Fallen Stock, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2019. His forthcoming collection, Pibroch, explores connections between the climate emergency and the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988.

Mandy Haggith’s writing includes poetry, fiction and non-fiction and is mostly concerned with trees, bears and the sea. Her work includes four collections of poetry: letting light in, Castings, A-B-Tree and Why the Sky is Far Away, an anthology of tree poems, Into the Forest; a non-fiction book, Paper Trails – from trees to trash, the true cost of paper and five novels:The Last Bear; Bear Witness, The Walrus Mutterer, The Amber Seeker and The Lyre Dancers. Based in Assynt, she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Eveline Pye, from Glasgow, worked as an operational research analyst in Zambia and taught mathematics at Glasgow Caledonian University for 22 years. She is the only poet to have published in Significance, the joint magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. She was one of the Clydebuilt apprentices mentored by Liz Lochhead and a selection of her poems is included in North Light: the anthology of Clydebuilt 3 (Dreadful Night Press, 2012). Her pamphlet collection about Zambia, Smoke That Thunders, was published by Mariscat Press in 2015.

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