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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr. Sally Flint

Dr. Sally Flint

Creative Lead: 'We Are the Possible' (Green Futures - COP28) & Continuing Professional Development Co-ordinator

 South Cloisters 2.07


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Dr Sally Flint brings her experience as a storyteller, poet, editor, publisher and lecturer in English/Creative Writing and work in healthcare to forge collaborations at the interface of science, health, education, translation and the arts to raise awareness of social/cultural change, planetary health, and climate justice, to accelerate postive action to protect and restore our planet.

She is Creative Lead on Climate Stories, One Chance Left (COP26, Glasgow 2021) and We Still Have a Chance (COP27, Egypt 2022 - which has reached over 28 million people). In 2023, after designing and facilitating innovative virtual creative writing workshops between interdiscipinary groups of over 200 scientists, health experts, educators, youth leaders and artists in UK and UAE, she led a unique editorial process which enabled the publication of a bilingual poetry anthology: We Are the Possible -12 Poems for 12 Days of COP28 with a foreword by internationally recognised climate leader Christiana Figueres - which was showcased in the Blue and Green Zones at COP 28 in Dubai, (Dec 2023), to both policy makers and the public. The poems demonstrate how linking science and the arts can encourage and communicate ‘desirable climate behavioural changes'. Working with The Theatre of Others these new poems are the inspiration for new sustainable performances at theatre schools around the world, and the bedrock of music and soundscapes created by academics and students at BIMM Institute - these outputs were also showcased at COP28 and far beyond. Sally is also part of a groundbreaking programme connecting 'Schools Across the Ocean', partnering the University of Exeter, the University of Khorfakkan and Emirates Literature Foundation, and others, which brings together scientists, teachers and young people to understand that healing and protecting marine ecosystems is vital for all living things to thrive. As a result the bilingual We Are The Ocean  weaves over 400 children's voices in an anthology of poems and images which was launched at COP28 to get young people's voices heard and ask what climate action is being taken now? Links to climate projects/articles below:     

We Are the Possible (Green Futures, University of Exeter)

New Narratives for a Healthy Planet - The Lancet Planetary Health

When Climate Science Met Poetry - The Lit Platform

Climate Stories: enabling and sustaining arts interventions in climate science communication


MA Degree English & Creative Writing

PhD English & Creative Writing

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Research interests

Planetary Health - past, present, and future-focussed narratives connecting climate science, education and the arts as a way to accelerate positive change

Medical writing/themes related to short stories and poetry

Ekphrasis and the relationship between text and image, especially in a contemporary context

Publishing and ‘the best words in the best order’ 

Research projects

Poetry project: 12 poems for 12 days of Cop28 in Dubai

Riptide Journal

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Flint S (2014). pieces of us., worple press. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Co-Founder/Editor: Riptide Journal and Press

Associate Editor: Culture Matters

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* English/Creative Writing & Publishing

* Creative Approaches to Climate Science

* Medical Humanities

* Liberal Arts/Culture

I design and faciliate academic and public-facing creative writing workshops online or in-person. The workshops might link disciplines on an international level - or focus locally on one subject. EG I have worked with the Met Office, libraries, museums, schools, literature and science festivals, astrophysicists, engineers, medical professionals, trainee lawyers, Devon Drugs Project, on co-creating and publishing stories and poetry. As poet Wallace Stevens writes: 'The Imagination is the only genius'.       

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