Masthead and all the other great pictures are by Alan 'Baggelboy' Rogerson.
My new essay collection, published by Faber in April 2017, has been described by Geoff Dyer as ‘an important and stimulating collection of essays by a radically original writer.’ You can read more about it here.
The end of solitude
26 April 2017Michael Harris, author of the new book Solitude, is a Canadian writer who lives in a big city and whose life is defined and circumscribed, as so many Western lives are now, by digital technologies. He finds it hard to leave his phone at home in case he misses anything. He worries about his social…
The Axis and the Sycamore
15 April 2017This summer, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they were young, or because they can remember their own childhood tree house fondly. The actual children are secondary concerns. I deliberately built my tree house large enough so that adults could sleep in it. When…
Walking on Lava
10 April 2017This is a talk I gave at Schumacher College in March 2017, with my Dark Mountain co-founder Dougald Hine, in which we talk about the state of the environmental movement in the age of Brexit and Trump. H
The Lie of the Land
10 April 2017Last June, I voted to leave the European Union. I wasn’t an anti-EU fanatic but I was, despite my advancing years, still something of a green idealist, at least on a good day. I had always believed that small was beautiful, that people should govern themselves and that power should be reclaimed and localised whenever…
2016: Year of the Serpent
15 December 2016We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which we are barely conscious. – W. G. Sebald Last weekend, I was sitting in a packed room in the middle of a wild and wet Dartmoor listening to the mythologist Martin Shaw tell an old northern European…
The revolutionary moment
7 November 2016I’ve avoided writing about the American election. It’s not as if there are too few words or opinions on the subject flying about. And I’m not in America, so I can’t see the nuances. But I think maybe I can see something, from my perspective. And, hell, it’s been a few weeks since I last…