Hot Poets




Poets and climate artivists (she/her)

Liv Torc:


Zena Edwards:


Francesca Beard:


Hot Poets brings poetry and science together to imagine a better possible future. Collaborating with the Met Office, the London School of Economics, the RSPB and nine other climate change partners, Hot Poets share poems of agency and action for climate change, written by 12 of the UK and Africa’s most well-known spoken word artists.

Today, we have three members of Hot Poets joining us. 

Liv Torc is a poet, artivist and big idea manifestor who plunders the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human and planetary condition. A Radio 4 Slam winner, a former Bard of Exeter, host of The Rainbow Fish Speakeasy and Co-Director of the COP26 Hot Poets project, Liv runs the poetry stage at WOMAD, the Hip Yak Poetry School and the lockdown haiku and photography project, Haiflu – as featured on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today Programme. Her books include Show Me Life (2015) and The Human Emergency (2021).

Zena Edwards is a poet, performer and climate activist who uses song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words. Edwards fuses traditional African-instrumentation (the Kalimba and Kora) and new technology to create soundtracks for her poems and stories. Zena is radical arts educator and creative director of Verse in Dialog – an arts, culture and public engagement production house dedicated to championing the arts for positive change.

Francesca Beard is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist who makes interactive and transformational work for live audiences. She has over twenty years of experience facilitating cross-arts projects with a wide range of diverse groups and communities, working across generations and internationally – from parent and baby groups in Bexley libraries, to young student activists in Khartoum. She’s written commissions and worked for institutions such as The Barbican, The Tower of London, BBC Radio 3 and The Young Vic.

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