Paul Kingsnorth

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‘Nobody would write a book if they were not in search of paradise, and nobody would be in search of paradise unless they believed it might exist somewhere.’

Savage Gods. June 2019.

 

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  • Finnegas Essays | 19 March 2020 I would like to tell you a few things about this virus and the lessons it should teach us, all the things we should be learning. I would like to add my voice to the crowd and be heard above it. I would like to say: fish have returned to the Venetian canals now that…
  • Earth does not Speak in Prose Interviews | 20 November 2019 This conversation between myself and Charlotte Du Cann, writer and director of the Dark Mountain Project, was published in Dark Mountain’s tenth anniversary book. We talk about writing in times of collapse, unpicking language and how to build a culture that can speak with the land. In 2008, Paul Kingsnorth was working on two seismic texts. One…
  • Goibert of the Moon Writing | 20 September 2019 The child’s nose was pressed up against the glass display case, his dirty little fingers smearing whatever muck he had last eaten all over it. The condensation from his breath obscured what was on the other side. It made little difference to him, as he was clearly unable to concentrate on anything that wasn’t featured…
  • Talking about Savage Gods Film & Audio | 17 August 2019 In June 2019 I had a conversation in a converted church in rural Dorset with the writer Charles Foster about my book Savage Gods, and the themes it circles around – nature, culture, roots, the sacred, silence and more. It was recorded, and this is the podcast.
  • The Language of the Master Essays | 26 May 2019 What defines a human? What is the essence of what we are? Perhaps it is the ability, and the desire, to ask questions like that. At some level, the ‘culture’ inhabited by people like us – people who read, who write, who think, who worry, who accept these questions as valid – is a culture…
  • Life vs The Machine Essays | 27 April 2019 I was in the local pub with my friend Mark. We meet every Tuesday night in this tiny village in the west of Ireland to drink Guinness and play chess. I usually lose. As we played, the oversize TV on the wall began broadcasting the nightly news bulletin. The first item was the death of…

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