A novel approach to climate change

Lucy and The Blue Sky is Katherine Dewar's debut novel.
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Lucy and The Blue Sky is Katherine Dewar's debut novel.

Have you heard of "cli-fi"?

Katherine Dewar's debut "cli-fi" (climate fiction) novel Ruby and the Blue Sky, combines elements of feminism, environmental activism and sci-fi - and she wants readers to join her in activism.

The novel is set in 2021 and tells the story of Ruby, a Grammy award-winning singer, who is challenged to use her fame to fight climate change.

Katherine Dewar's debut "cli-fi" (climate fiction) novel 'Ruby and the Blue Sky', combines elements of feminism, ...
BEATRICE RANDEll/ FAIRFAX NZ

Katherine Dewar's debut "cli-fi" (climate fiction) novel 'Ruby and the Blue Sky', combines elements of feminism, environmental activism and science-fiction.

The Piha resident said she was inspired by young people involved in creating change, and the power we have to reach thousands of people through the internet.

The book was released in July 2016 and took her about 4 years to write, she said.

It is based in Leeds where the author went to university, and lived.

Dewar said she grew up in a household where her dad believed his daughters could do anything, and her mother had a strong feminist vision.

She said the book deals with climate change and feminism, which have both become "more on the agenda" since it was published.

When you write things in the near future you hope you are spotting emerging trends, she said.

The author will host two events at Corbans Estate Arts Centre for the upcoming Temp arts and science festival.

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She said art can make it easier to talk about issues in a constructive way and she was pleased to be invited to Temp.

"I'm a believer in our power together."

A discussion group, based around the role of art in climate solutions, is on March 17 at 2pm.

She will also host a writing workshop, with a theme of extreme weather on April 7 at 2pm.

She hoped people would leave feeling they have power, she said.

Dewar said climate change is a real and present danger to our lives.

We need to find ways of taking care of each other, so we can reduce how severe it is, she said.

Temp runs from March 16 to April 8 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson and Te Uru Gallery, Titirangi.

Go to tempauckland.org.nz for more info.

 - Western Leader

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