Open the Door 2020

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Digital Poetry Slam Champion

The winner of Open the Door 2020’s Digital Slam is Jenny Lester! Open the Door’s first spoken word event was brought to life by this year’s four shortlisted poets, who have christened our first Digital Slam with the most engaging display of word-skills we could have wished for. From fantastically elemental women via explorations around […]

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Calm Slam Winner and Runner-Up

Discover the winner and runner-up of the first ever GWL Digital Calm Slam.

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Nan Shepherd Prize

The Nan Shepherd Prize team offer advice on nature writing, submitting books to agents, and opportunities to get your writing noticed.

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – “Eco”

By Gillian Burke ENVIRONMENTALISM is a movement tied up in multiple knots of complicated science, a shared concern for our shared home. The word ‘eco’ has become so overused that it’s almost lost its meaning. Eco is derived from the Greek word ‘oikos’ which simply means home. Home. The most beautiful word I know. Like […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – Environmentalism

  By Gillian Burke ENVIRONMENTALISM is a white, middle-class privilege. I hear this a lot. This is the fourth post in my takeover series about Professor Wangari Maathai who was a Kenyan political and environmental activist, and the first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Maathai was the founder of a tree-planting […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – Far from Home

By Gillian Burke WHAT would it have been like for the young Wangari Maathai? Her home was a colony under British Rule that, by the late 50s, was brutally suppressing the Mau Mau independence uprisings and restricting the freedom of her Kikuyu people. With this as a backdrop, and having just turned 20, she earned an […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai

GILLIAN BURKE is a natural history television programme producer and presenter, and a voiceover artist. She has been a co-presenter of the BBC nature series Springwatch and its spin-offs since 2017. As part of Open the Door 2020’s celebration of conservationist and activist Wangari Maathai, here Gillian explores her connections to Wangari and Kenya, and […]

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Ecofeminist Reads with Rebecca Jones

PhD researcher Rebecca Jones introduces us to her research and recommends some ecofeminist reading as part of Open the Door 2020. Hello! I’m Rebecca Jones, and I’m the coordinator of the Book Group and a volunteer at GWL. I’m also a PhD researcher at the University of Strathclyde, and I’ve been asked to tell you […]

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Birdsong Haiku

This Open the Door Festival, we’re inviting you to fill our Twitter with birdsong by writing your own Birdsong Haiku or sharing poetry you love on birds and their dawn chorus and afternoon chatter.

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Braemarnia and Crossing Borders: Events with The Open University

As part of Open the Door 2020, Open University Scotland provided two films to be screened during the festival. Here we share the films (this will be updated as the festival progresses) and information about The Open University courses.