Solstice Shorts 2021: Words from the Brink

For Solstice Shorts 2021 we invited writers to respond to the growing climate crisis.

This year the festival will be held online, on 21st December from 7pm.

From an exceptionally strong field we chose stories, poems and songs that respond to the floods and droughts and fires all around the globe with tenderness, compassion, fear, grief and rage. Gaia is represented in all their power and glory, and butterflies and plants sow seeds of hope, while other writers ask:

How do we stop it? How do we survive it? And how do we live beyond the catastrophe on our horizon?


Angela Graham, Ben Macnair, Cath Holland, Cath Humphris, Cathy Lennon, Claire Booker, Corinna Schulenburg, Diana Powell, Elaina Weakliem, Emily Ford, AG Parker, Jane Aldous, Jane McLaughlin, Jared Pearce, Jessica Conley, Jill Michelle, Julian Bishop, Karen Ankers, Kate Foley, Katherine Gallagher, Kelly Davis, Lesley Curwen, Lisa Clarkson, Lucy Grace, Lucy Ryan, Lyndsey Weiner, Mandy Macdonald, Michelle Penn, Natascha Graham, Rachael Li Ming Chong, Rob Walton, Robert René Galván, Samn Stockwell, Savannah  McDaniel, Simon Brod, Stevie Krayer, Tara Willoughby, Tim Dillon, Ness Owen, Xia Leon Sloane.

Laura Lucas, Suzanne Harper

Sophie Aldred, Grace Cookey-Gam and Sean Patterson