10 actors read 21 poems on climate change – The Guardian

Feb 4, 2019 | Articles, Inspiration and Reconnection


A strong bunch of poetry read with heart and skill. A wonderful relief from the Business as Usual world. Enjoy.


‘Our melting, shifting, liquid world’: celebrities read poems on climate change

Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Includes two bonus poems from Byrne and Franco

(Read and listen to the full presentation here)


Read by Jeremy Irons:


Storm. Michael Longley

Wind-wounded, lopsided now

Our mighty beech has lost an arm.

Sammy the demolition man

(Who flattened the poet’s house

In Ashley Avenue, its roof

Crashing into that homestead,

Then all the floors, poetry

And conversation collapsing)

Slices the sawdusty tons,

Wooden manhole-covers,

An imagined underground.

Beneath a leafy canopy

The poet, on my seventieth,

Gazed up through cathedral

Branches at constellations.

Where is he now? Together

We are counting tree-rings.