Some time ago I was asked to be poet-in-residence for Regen SW. I was invited to contemplate energy – in particular renewable energy – and the poems and pictures gathered in my book The Element in the Room are all inspired by energy and our relationship to it.

I do have solar panels on my roof, I’ve always liked the look of wind turbines, I’d already heard about anaerobic digestion, even if I wasn’t sure what it is. So I felt well-suited to the role.

One of the themes that emerged for me was the possibility of community energy. Communities who co-own their own energy source are significantly ...


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