Paul Kingsnorth

Masthead and all the other great pictures are by Alan 'Baggelboy' Rogerson.

 

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist is my new book. Published in April 2017 by Faber, it’s a selection of the best of my essays from the last seven years. Geoff Dyer calls it ‘an important and stimulating collection of essays by a radically original writer,’ which is nice of him. You can read more about it here.

 

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  • Walking on Lava Recordings | 10 April 2017 This 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 Essays | 10 April 2017 Last 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 Essays | 15 December 2016 We 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 News | 7 November 2016 I’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…
  • Brexit & the culture of Progress Essays | 3 November 2016 In his introduction to the 1979 edition of his novel Pig Earth – the first in a trilogy chronicling the decline of peasant life in Europe in the 20th century – John Berger makes a distinction between what he calls a ‘culture of progress’ and a ‘culture of survival.’ The culture of progress, he says…
  • Four poets' houses Essays | 15 October 2016 1. Dove Cottage, Grasmere, England Until now, poetry has meant nothing to me. I’ve never understood it, or much cared. Most of the other stuff I’ve been forced to read in Mr Mitchell’s sixth form English class has been suicidally tedious. Alexander Pope’s verbose dribblings. Jane Austen’s yawnsome bonnets and carriage rides. What was it…

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