BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 28 May '16

Hay Festival-goers to help Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner create a poem about climate change

Visitors to the Hay Literature Festival (26 May-5 June) will inspire a world-renowned spoken word artist to craft a new poem about climate change.

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, who became known worldwide following her inspirational performance at the UN climate summit in 2014, will use messages from festival-goers about what they could lose to climate change as the basis for her poem.

Festival sponsor Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity and green gas supplier, has reached out to Kathy to write the new piece as part of its work to show how the arts can tackle climate change.

‘I live on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. Our homes are under threat from climate change. My poetry is the most powerful thing I have to tell communities about the world and I can’t wait for the people of Hay to help inspire my next piece.’

KATHY JETNIL-KIJINER
Poet

Thoughts, ideas and minds

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and chief executive of Good Energy said that she invited Kathy to create this new poem because her work is so moving; she hopes that working with Kathy and Hay on this project will create some ‘awesome content’.

‘The combination of thoughts, ideas and minds at the festival make it a perfect platform for inspiration and creativity. It allows us to think of new ways to persuade people that we can do something about climate change.

‘Kathy’s work is profound and I can’t wait to hear the final piece.’

JULIET DAVENPORT OBE
Founder and chief executive of Good Energy

Social media users are invited to share their own suggestions using the hashtag #HayGoodEnergy. The final poem will be revealed later in 2016.

Click here to find out more about the Hay Literature Festival.