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Climate Change: What can be done to reduce carbon emissions and who must we motivate to do it?

Leo Barasi: The Climate Majority; Apathy & Action in an Age of Nationalism

David Hone: Putting the Genie Back; Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma

Thursday 18th January, 7.45pm  The Great Hall, Oundle School.

Leo Barasi is a freelance consultant on climate change policy and campaigns.  He writes regularly for the Guardian, New Statesman, openDemocracy, ClimateHome, and on his own site, Noise of the Crowd.  He is an experienced media commentator and a regular guest on the podcast Polling Matters.  He was awarded the 2014 Sustainable Futures Prize by Birkbeck, University of London, from where he holds a master’s degree in Climate Change Management.

Leo Barasi’s important and timely new book, The Climate Majority, is not about the climate deniers or the climate activists.  It’s about apathy, about those who don’t talk about global warming, the billions of people who have heard plenty about climate change and acknowledge there’s a problem, but who are just not engaged enough to stimulate the change required to stop it.

David Hone works as Chief Climate Change Adviser at Shell International Ltd. and has been involved with the climate change issue for 15 years.  He is a board member, and former Chair, for the International Emissions Trading Association, (IETA), and Washington-based think tank Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, (C2ES).  David is the only expert working within the energy industry engaging in this debate publicly through his blog and previous books in this series: 2°C Will Be Harder Than We Think and Why Carbon Pricing Matters.

David questions whether it is realistic to believe that workable solutions can be found to cover the full range of services delivered by fossil fuels, and whether warming can be limited to the agreed global goals of the Paris Agreement. Putting the Genie Back explores the climate issue from its very beginnings through to the end of the 21st century and looks in depth at the transition challenge we collectively face. £1 off early bird tickets bought before 11th January from the Oundle Box Office.

Carry Akroyd: Found in the Fields

Friday 23rd February, 7.45pm

St Peter’s Church, Oundle

Carry Akroyd is a locally based painter and printmaker whose images examine the relationship between wildlife and the farming landscape, but are just as much about colour and composition.

This event will celebrate Carry’s work and the publication of her second book.  At its core is her lithograph series ‘Found in the Fields’, sixteen images incorporating words from the poet John Clare, a recurring theme in her work.  In her painting and printmaking Carry portrays landscapes both familiar and re-imagined, finding wildlife and nature around the margins of agribusiness.  Throughout, her enjoyment of colour and sense of composition combine productively with her eye for bird life and botany.  This book brings together the persistent threads in her work over a period of years, revealing through the range of media employed all the motifs that evolve as her own personal symbolism for change and continuity in the countryside.

‘natures powers & spells’ Landscape Change, John Clare and Me, was Carry’s first book and examined the relationship between humans and wildlife, and explained her interest in the nineteenth century poet.  It was published by Langford Press in 2009.

Carry has edited and illustrated many other books as well as supplying book jackets and a regular picture for The Oldie magazine.  The contrast between working on her own preoccupations and fulfilling commissions is also discussed in one section of the book.  Her work has been displayed in solo shows and mixed shows around the country and she displays annually at the Natural Eye Exhibition in London with the Society of Wildlife Artists. ‘Found in the Fields’ is a series of lithographs launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh during the 2011 Festival, and has since toured numerous venues and will be coming to the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle in March 2018.  Carry has also been part of a team of artists working on projects about the Great Fen Project with the Wildlife Trust, and Scottish Atlantic Oakwoods for the Scottish Forestry Commission.

£1 off early bird tickets bought before 16th February from the Oundle Box Office.

Tickets £8, conc. £6, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, open  Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm on 01832 274734  or at Any queries, call Helen on 07743988181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oundle Festival of Literature Jan/Feb 2018

Oundle Festival of Literature Jan/Feb 2018