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Dr Sharae Deckard, world literature lecturer at University College Dublin, speaks to Mumbai-based author Prayaag Akbar about his novel Leila, the differences in how climate change is being experienced, and how this affects fiction and publishing.
In August 2020, we asked aspiring fiction writers and poets to submit their response to one of four photographs selected by the team at Climate Visuals, a project looking to create a richer, more informed visual language for climate change through photography. The work of six writers – responding to each of the photographs through storytelling or poetry – is published in Issue 3 of The Lit.
Folklore is familiar and old. What can it offer in the modern, complex era of manmade climate change? Karthik Shankar argues that – distinct from other forms that have become associated with the exploration of climate change – folkloric tradition can place us in this world and reconcile us to the changes we have wrought.