Online Event! Poetry & the Environment – James Thornton & William Sieghart

October 16, 2020

The top environental law group ClientEarth has been holding a series of webinars through 2020.

Next up – their founding CEO and Barbican Press author James Thornton talking with William Sieghart CBE, founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day, and author of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy.

Tuesday, October 27th 2020 – 4:00 PM (GMT)   Book now.  If you can’t make that slot, register and you will be sent a link to the filmed recording to watch in your own sweet time. It’s free.

For James, writing poetry has always been equally important to being an eco-lawyer. The recent publication of his second collection, Notes from a Mountain Village, offers James and William the opportunity to explore how being an eco-activist and poet fit together. And hopefully for us to hear James read some of his verse.

During the course of this one hour webinar, you will have the opportunity to submit your written questions for a Q&A.


Speaker Biographies

James Thornton is a lawyer, environmentalist, and founding CEO of ClientEarth. Recipient of the accolade Charity Leader Of The Year 2020 at The Charity Times Awards, The New Statesman has named him as one of 10 people who could change the world and in 2019 as one of the world’s most influential leaders in climate policy. The Lawyer also picked him as one of the top 100 lawyers in the UK, among many other awards.

James launched ClientEarth in 2007, sparking fundamental change in the way environmental protections are made and enforced across Europe. Now operating globally, ClientEarth uses advocacy, litigation and research to address the greatest challenges of our time – including nature loss and climate change. In 2017, James co-authored a book with his husband Martin Goodman, telling the fascinating story of ClientEarth since it was founded. The book won the judges category in the Business Book of the Year Awards in 2018.

James graduated from Yale, magna cum laude, with honours in philosophy. Among other roles and honours he is Member of the Advisory Committee of the International Coalition for Green Development on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

William Sieghart CBE is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer and broadcaster with a distinguished record of support for the arts and literature. In 1992, he founded the Forward Prizes for Poetry and in 1994, National Poetry Day. Since September 2015, he has been chairman of the Board of Trustees at Somerset House, London.

He is the founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking a charity promoting a more inclusive peace process in the Middle East. William is also a trustee of the Docs Society, the Forward Arts Foundation and Chairman of Streetsmart. For many years he was a member of the Arts Council UK and Chairman of its Lottery Committee. William is currently working with CIVIC on the Libraries Transformation Project.

William has published many books and is a regular broadcaster. His most recent books are The Poetry Pharmacy, Sept 2017 by Penguin UK, The Poetry Remedy, Oct 2019 by Penguin Random House USA and The Poetry Pharmacy Returns, Sept 2019 by Penguin UK. Also100 Prized Poems – 25 years of the Forward Books published by Forward in association with Faber & Faber 2016.

Our huge thanks to the events team at ClientEarth for arrangng this special event.