Fierce Words | Free Word

1 April 2020

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In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK unfortunately we have had to postpone this event until further notice, we hope to hold it at Free Word at a future date.

What tools do writers need to communicate hard truths in difficult times?

With the climate crisis heightening day by day, ecosystems being destroyed and human lives lost, the public response is shifting to a new and active awareness.

A shortened version of the popular Arvon week-long residential course with writers Lucy Neal and Charlotte Du Cann, this day-long workshop will bridge the personal and ecological and help you find ways to make meaning in times of urgency, by combining life writing with collaborative approaches to addressing the climate crisis.

The day offers a chance for writers, activists, campaigners, artists, and others to find common purpose and a voice with which to address environmental issues.

We want to ensure that our events and courses are widely accessible. If you are currently without an income and would like to be part of this course for the subsidised rate of £10, please call the box office on 020 7324 2570 or email letting us know and we will book you a place. Unwaged places for this course are limited to 2 places and are available on a first come first served basis.

1 April 2020




For over fifty years Arvon has been the UK’s home of creative writing. Arvon have three centres, in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Their residential courses and retreats, led by highly acclaimed writers, span poetry to playwriting, song to screenplay, fact to fiction, starting to finishing – and we offer grants to help with course fees for those who need it. Generations of writers have been inspired by their experience at Arvon.

Lucy Neal

Theatre Maker, Writer and Educator

Lucy Neal is a theatre maker, writer and educator. Co-founder and Director of the London International Festival of Theatre (1981-2005), she is interested in celebratory events as a catalyst for change: from the gifting of a small seed in a six-minute ritual to the staging of a theatre of fire for 20,000 in Victoria Park. Her handbook Playing for Time - Making Art As If the World Mattered, (Oberon 2015) maps collaborative arts practices emerging in response to planetary challenges. She is a founder ‘declarer’ of Culture Declares, a global movement of artists and cultural organisations declaring a climate and ecological emergency. Author of A Great Imagining - how the arts spark cultural change in Zero Carbon Britain’s Rising To The Challenge 2019, and co-author of The Turning World - stories from the London International Festival of Theatre. (Gulbenkian 2005).

Charlotte Du Cann

Writer and Editor

Charlotte Du Cann is a writer, editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project. A former journalist, she has co-founded several collaborative writing projects to foster radical cultural change, including the grassroots newspaper, Transition Free Press. She was the editor for Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered (with author Lucy Neal), a handbook about community arts practice. Her most recent book, 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth was published by Two Ravens Press. She currently creates performances and written work that explore myth as a tool for navigating times of collapse.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.

• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• The hearing loop will not be available for this event.
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
• If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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