Through the Weather Glass

Through the Weather Glass


Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, 10am – 5pm

Zebedee’s Yard, Whitefriargate, Hull

A creative writing lecturer at Leeds Beckett University is giving wings to her latest novel through a free interactive event this weekend.

Dr Lucy Burnett’s novel, Through the Weather Glass, is a re-writing of the classic Icarus story, which tells a fictionalised version of the true story of Lucy’s struggles to understand environmental change during a 2,500 mile solo cycle ride from Salford to the Greek Island of Ikaria, where Icarus fell. The book is a hybrid novel – combining a range of different genres of writing and art-forms, including fantasy travel writing, poetry and documentary photography.

With the support of Arts Council England and the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett, Lucy will be inviting members of the public to engage in an interactive version of her book which aims to get the audience to think about climate change in new, creative and playful ways.

Taking place as part of the Amy Johnson Festival, from 10am to 5pm, participants will be invited to pedal a bicycle to power a TV screen, watch an animated Google earth film, listen to excerpts from the book, browse some photographic artwork or pen their responses to the installation onto paper feathers and pin them to Icarus’s wings.

Lucy explained: “Every generation needs pioneering inspirations and Amy Johnson was certainly that, not only for her solo flying exploits but for the fact that she achieved these from a less privileged background than many other aviators of her day. Of course, these days, any celebration of flight must take into consideration its environmental costs. The Through the Weather Glass installation seeks to playfully explore many of these questions, and to ask what role art and can play in helping us to respond creatively to climatic change. Participants are invited to join a female Icarus character on her fantastical journey across Europe, and to use their own imaginations to create new, more positive visions of climate change than the usual apocalyptic doom and gloom!”

More on Lucy’s installation here.