TWO cultural events will be brought into local libraries this December aiming to kickstart constructive conversations about climate change.

A production of ‘I was Naked, Smelling of Rain’ is brought to the town by artist, curator and writer Aidan Moesby, which enjoyed online success last year.  

A thoughtful, provocative and fun theatre show, 'I was Naked, Smelling of Rain’ explores the relationship between inner and outer weather - in a world where climate change and mental health are two of the biggest crises we face.    

Later in the month, the first St Helens Borough eco-arts meeting will be held - with a pledge to commit to more sustainable arts practices at the heart of the event.   

Created as a starting point to help local artists make their practices more sustainable, the meeting will be used as a space for artists and creatives to discuss, challenge and consider the environmental impact of the arts in St Helens, and what can be done to improve this.

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said: “The arts are a great way of expressing feelings and emotions, linking in with everyday issues, and these events - given the strong talking points of both climate change and mental health - are certainly worth attending. 

"Here at St Helens Borough Council, we’re taking the climate emergency seriously, right across every service. It is a crisis that affects us all and we all have a role to play in addressing it.  Working together we can tackle the climate emergency in St Helens and build a more sustainable borough.”    

Aidan Moesby’s ‘I was Naked, Smelling of Rain’ will be performed at Chester Lane Library on Wednesday 1 December, 7:00pm, with the show suitable for audience members aged 16+.  The show will be British Sign Language Interpreted. 

Tickets for this show cost between £4-£7 which can be booked online here

St Helens Borough Eco-Arts Gathering will take place at Thatto Health Library from 2pm-4pm on Thursday, December 2. To book a free place, visit this link