Author and Poet
The American author Gretel Ehrlich joined Cape Farewell on the first Art/Science Expedition in 2003, on a voyage from Tromsø to Spitsbergen via Bear Island.
Gretel has published many works of non-fiction, fiction and poetry including Solace of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven and A Match to the Heart. She has visited Greenland ten times, resulting in a book, This Cold Heaven, a National Geographic story on the effect of climate change on traditional hunting culture in January, 2006, a National Public Radio report, and a forthcoming film. She is also the author of The Future of Ice, a non-fiction work on climate change including the first Cape Farewell voyage to the Arctic.
Gretel Ehrlich spent the year 2007 on a circumpolar journey meeting with indigneous Arctic people in villages across six Arctic nations to hear about their lives - past and present and how they are being affected by climate change. Her book, Farthest North, about indigenous Arctic people and climate change is forthcoming from National Geographic Books in 2009. It explores the ways in which the changing climate has already affected their icescapes and landscapes, their lives and traditions. Arctic ecosystems are in a state of collapse and the remaining subsistence traditions of these boreal cultures are vanishing with them.
'The Arcic Poppy Chronicles' by Michèle Noach are to be seen at the Botanical Garden Oxford
Cape Farewell rejoins the Lates with Mastercard at the Science Museum. Join us on Wednesday 24 April, from 6.45-10pm, for a night of entertainment, knowledge and exploration on the topic of 'Climate Science'.
The exhibition ''Our Time in Ice' is still on until 31 May in Brighton and will be accompanied by a talk on Sat, 19th May by Michèle Noach, David Buckland and Chris Wainwright.
An action-reserach project around wild plants and urban space in the heart of East London.
Cynthia Hopkins musical perfromance, 'This Clement World', is showing in New York, Feb 2013.
Cape Farewell is contributing monthly a short film to Creative Time Reports; a dynamic multimedia website featuring artists around the world actively engaging in and commenting on the most pressing issues of our time.
Gretel Ehrlich 2001
"It also occurs to me that the real and the imagined have long since fused here. Truths are relative to the imagination that invents them. It's not the content of experience that we end up with, but the structure of how we know something."
Gretel Ehrlich is undertaking a circumpolar journey in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 exploring the changing climate of the high Arctic and its effects on the indigenous people.