Anthropocene Poetry – AHRC Leadership Fellowship

Arts and Humanities Research Academy

Human beings have created environmental damage on a global scale. Some geologists think that humans have created a new epoch: the 'Anthropocene.’ How are poets responding to profound environmental change?

Climate change, extinction, plastics in the sea, nuclear waste: our planet is facing unprecedented risks. How can poetry help us to make sense of what is happening to the Earth?

The Anthropocene is an idea that originated in geological sciences, and is now having a wide impact on culture. This project brings together poets, geologists and environmental scientists to create new literary works, which are published in October 2021 in Magma Poetry’s Anthropocene Issue.

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Yvonne Reddick in a polka-dotted black dress smiling
Dr Yvonne Reddick
Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures
School of Psychology and Humanities

Yvonne Reddick is an award-winning poet, nature writer and scholar of environmental culture. Her books include Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet (Palgrave, 2017), Burning Season (Bloodaxe, 2023) and Anthropocene Poetry (Palgrave, 2023). She is the recipient of awards from …