who we are
In the early spring of 2019 a small group of women came together around a kitchen table to talk. We'd not even met before. But we had been profoundly shaken by the increasingly dire news of climate and ecological collapse, and inspired by the work of Extinction Rebellion and the Global Youth Strike in bringing that news to the forefront of the public conversation. In our working lives, we are theatre-makers and writers and we felt strongly that we wanted to find a way to facilitate a creative response to these times of emergency.
The Letters to the Earth co-founders are Anna Hope, Jo McInnes, Kay Michael and Naomi Wirthner. We couldn't have launched this campaign without the support and dedicated work of so many, including Alice Malin, Tamsin Omond, Tamaryn Payne, Alice Haworth-Booth, Edward Nelson, Stephen Dillane, Irene Sinou, Molly Hughes, Ronan McNern, Alanna Byrne, Lorna Greenwood, the Culture Declares Emergency anchor circle, The National Theatre Studio, and those venues and producers with whom we had initial conversations - The Bunker Theatre, Jack Gamble, The Royal Court Theatre, Daniel de la Motte, Shakespeare's Globe, Ellen McDougall and David Lan. Huge thanks too to Grace Pengelly of HarperCollins whose belief in the power of Letters to the Earth led to the published anthology.
You can now book Letters to the Earth to run workshops to creatively engage your groups in response to the climate and ecological emergency. We work with a wide range of communities including in the education, arts and cultural sector. We produce education resources, performances (live and for audio and screen), panel conversations and interviews. To make a booking enquiry please email
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culture declares emergency
Culture Declares Emergency is a growing global community of arts and culture practitioners declaring a climate and ecological emergency. It launched in London on 3rd April 2019, with the promise to tell and face the Truth, take Action to seek Justice in response to the emergency. Letters to the Earth was its first campaign. Cultural Declarers include some of the UK's best known arts organisations including Tate, Royal Court Theatre, The Roundhouse, Akram Khan Company, HOME in Manchester, as well as individuals such as artist Sir Antony Gormley, theatre director Katie Mitchell, actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State. Sign up and learn more on
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