Loading Events
Virtual Event Virtual Event
  • This event has passed.

« All Events

AGM Week: Industry Insider – Poetry in This Time of Eco Crisis

14 November @ 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join us for an exciting morning of eco-poetry and panel discussion. As we enter this unprecedented time of climate crisis, our four panellists will read their work and discuss the impact it has on their writing. How can poetry respond to the crisis and deepen our understanding of the natural world? What role does the fast-changing environment play in the writing of poetry?

This event is part of our #SoAatHome online events programme, in conjunction with our Poetry and Spoken Word Group and part of our AGM week of events.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Kay Syrad (2 mins)
  • Readings and panel discussion with Jacqueline Saphra, Caleb Parkin and Phoebe Power (60 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (25 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Tilly Zeeman


Who is this Industry Insider for? 

Anyone interested in sustainability in the publishing industry and the influence of ecology on writing, particularly poetry.


What will this industry insider cover?

  • How sustainable is poetry? What can we change?
  • How can poetry respond to the ecological crisis?
  • How does writing and reading shape our actions and understanding of current events?


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Eco Crisis’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org store featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.



The Line-Up


Kay Syrad (Chair)

Kay Syrad is a poet, novelist and editor. Her poetry has been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies and has won or been shortlisted for a number of prizes. The poems in her third poetry collection, What is near (Cinnamon Press, 2021) have been described being ‘like seed heads in their fragility, delicacy and symmetry’. Since 2017, Kay has been half of the composite eco-poet kin’d & kin’d with Clare Whistler, leading eco-poetry workshops in various locations, including Knepp Wilding; publishing collaborative poems; and editing eco-poetry anthologies, including Wild Correspondings: an eco-poetry source book (Elephant Press, 2021). Kay is former Poetry Editor of the longstanding poetry journal Envoi and has guest-edited several other journals. Her collaboration with environmental artist, Chris Drury, Exchange, is published by Little Toller (2015), and her art-text, work of the lightship men: 1000 tasks (2014) was purchased by the National Maritime Museum.

Website & blog: https://kaysyrad.co.uk/ | Instagram: @kaysyrad | Twitter: @kaysyrad




Jacqueline Saphra

Jacqueline is a poet, playwright, teacher and activist. Collections include The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions which was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; All My Mad Mothers, shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize; Dad, Remember You are Dead (2019); and One Hundred Lockdown Sonnets (2021), all from Nine Arches Press. Two sonnet sequences, A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (2017) and Veritas: Poems after Artemisia (2020) were published by Hercules Editions. Her most recent play, The Noises (2019), was nominated for a Standing Ovation Award. Jacqueline has organised a number of spirit-raising, fundraising poetry events for charity and is a founder member of Poets for the Planet. She teaches and mentors for The Poetry School and her next collection will be out from Nine Arches Press in summer 2023.


Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, has poems in The Guardian, The Rialto, The Poetry Review, and was guest poet on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, first in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017, and other shortlists.

He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, First Story, Arvon, and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). He previously worked in BBC TV and Radio production, as a teacher and Senior Inclusion Worker. He lives in a human-canine pack in suburban Bristol. His publications include Wasted Rainbow (tall-lighthouse, 2021), This Fruiting Body (Nine Arches Press, 2021), ‘The Coin’ (Broken Sleep Books), and his collected City Poet work, ‘All the cancelled parties’, was published October 2022.


Phoebe Power 

Phoebe Power’s Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018), was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Book of Days, a long poem about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, was published in 2022. Further recent publications include Sea Change (Guillemot, 2021), a pamphlet of poetry with Katrina Porteous in response to a National Trust residency at Durham’s former ‘coal’ coast in 2019, illustrated by Rose Ferraby. This project was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country.

 Phoebe is also the author of an erasure poem on climate change, ‘The Earth Fainted: Pages from a Future Fire’ commissioned by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, and her lyric essay, ‘notes on climate change’ was included in the Forward Foundation’s Poems of the Decade (2021). Phoebe is currently based at the University of York, where she is the Royal Literary Fund writing fellow. 

Website: phoebepowerpoetry.wordpress.com | Twitter: @PhoebePower


About the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

The SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) is a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. They come together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance.


Need to know 

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk/spam email folder
  • Please add [email protected] to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar
  • This event will be recorded, but you will not be seen on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 90 minutes

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

All #SoAatHome events are free but if you can afford to, please consider donating to our Authors’ Contingency Fund and we suggest a minimum donation of £5. The fund is to help professional authors experiencing financial hardship. DONATE HERE

If you are unable to book using the registration box below, please email [email protected] with the name and date of the event you’d like to register for and we’ll confirm your place.


Accordion Content

Financial support for authors in need through the health crisis and beyond

Since March 2020, the Authors’ Contingency Fund has distributed over £1 million in small grants to authors facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.


Accordion Content

20% off your first year with discount code SOAFESTIVAL20

The Society of Authors is the UK’s biggest trade union for authors – representing more than 11,300 writers, illustrators, translators and other creative practitioners.

Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



14 November
10:00 - 11:30 GMT
Event Categories:
, ,
Event Tags:
, ,