The competition for the 2020 ASLE-UKI/INSPIRE Public Lecture on Literature and Sustainability at the Hay Festival is now open. The winning lecture will be delivered at the 2020 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 28 May 2020
is a matter of culture as much as politics or environmental science. The
stories we tell, the poems we compose, the dramas we enact—all provide spaces
for inspiration, imagination, and debate over what it means to live
sustainably. This competition invites submissions that explore how literature,
in any of its forms, responds to the past, present, or future environment or to
environmental concerns, be it through engagements with nature, place, and
landscape, with the life sciences, ecology, or environmental science, or in the
context of debates around sustainability, energy use, or climate change.
should submit the text of a half-hour public lecture appropriate for a broad
public audience which may include school children, interested lay-people,
activists, literary critics, and sustainability practitioners. Lectures should
be lively and accessible, avoid academic jargon or complex theorisation, and
should aim to be both thought-provoking and entertaining. Unrevised academic
papers will not be considered.
competition is jointly organised by the Institute of Sustainable Practice,
Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales,
Trinity St. David (www.uwtsd.ac.uk/inspire), and the Association for the Study
of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI; www.asle.org.uk).
of the competition will be invited to deliver her/his submission as ‘The 2020
INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability’ at the 2020 Hay Festival of
Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 21–31 May 2020). The lecture will take
place on Thursday 28 May and is followed by a public discussion between the
competition winner and Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh
Government Minister for Sustainability, and Brycchan Carey, Vice-President of
ASLE-UKI. ASLE-UKI will pay one night’s accommodation and reasonable travel
expenses to Hay within the UK.
Entry to the
competition is free. Only one entry per person is permitted. Please submit the
text of your lecture, any accompanying power point presentation, and include a
brief (50 words) biography as well as your contact details.
should be submitted by email to the Competition Chair and Vice-President of
ASLE-UKI, Professor Brycchan Carey: firstname.lastname@example.org
date for entries is Friday 28 February 2020.