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Glacier Gifts: adventures in creative writing in the Peruvian Andes

Caroline Clason1, Sally Rangecroft2, Claudia Grados Bueno3, Rosa Maria Dextre4, Evelyn Hoyos3, Kelly Hurtado Quispe3, and Diane Samuels5
Caroline Clason et al.
  • 1School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK (
  • 2Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  • 3Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña, Huaraz, Perú
  • 4Lima, Peru
  • 5Writing Bright, London, UK

Glacier Gifts is a project designed to bring together scientific researchers in the UK and Peru with author and creative, Diane Samuels, to activate public exploration of current environmental research on the impacts of climate change and glacier retreat in Peru. Through a series of virtual creative writing workshops facilitated by Diane, we have collated and edited a collection of pieces, written by our team of researchers and by Diane, for public dissemination, with an aim of stimulating engagement of diverse audiences beyond the scientific community. During the workshops we practised free-writing and word-collage, inspired by key words, phrases, stories, and images of the environment and culture of the Peruvian Andes, producing raw material which was subsequently crafted to combine individual and collective voices in our book. The collection is also illustrated with personal photographs by team members, and original artwork by Caroline Clason. Glacier Gifts draws upon both lived experience in Peru and scientific engagement with the challenges of glacier change and water security in the Andes, linking to the SIGMA: Peru and Nuestro Rio research projects. Glacier Gifts emotionally, imaginatively, and factually, shares the personal, collective, local, and global impacts of environmental change in this climate-sensitive region of the mountain cryosphere, providing an opportunity for scientific narrative to reach a wider, non-academic audience enveloped within a creative experience.

How to cite: Clason, C., Rangecroft, S., Grados Bueno, C., Dextre, R. M., Hoyos, E., Hurtado Quispe, K., and Samuels, D.: Glacier Gifts: adventures in creative writing in the Peruvian Andes, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1267,, 2022.