I’ve authored nine books since 2003: four non-fiction books, two novels, a manifesto and two collections of poetry. You can read more about all of them below.
Savage Gods is a study of what it means for a writer to lose faith in words. In the process, it asks: what is the meaning of language and what is it for? Does writing illuminate or conceal? And can a human ever really ‘belong’ to a place in a broken world which militates against it?
The poems in Songs from the Blue River, my second collection of poetry, seek to give voice to the land and its inhabitants, both human and non-human. Mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, starlings, earthworms, oak trees: all have their say, as do the humans who live with and through them.
This collection of essays brings together the best of my shorter non-fiction writing between 2010 and 2017. It explores my disillusionment with environmentalism and my attempts to understand the historical moment we’re in and how we can live through it. Along the way, it takes in essays on subjects as diverse as the geography of Morecambe Bay, foliate heads, the future of England and the writings of Charles Bukowski.
A man is alone on a west-country moor. What he has left behind we don’t yet know; what he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements and with something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
My prize-winning and Booker-longlisted debut novel is set during the almost forgotten, decade-long war of underground resistance which spread across England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Most importantly – certainly most strangely – it is written entirely in its own language: my interpretation of Old English, recreated for modern eyes and ears.
From the moors of northern England to the cities of Western Europe, the poplars of the Thames to the sands of the Nevada desert, the poems in my debut collection rise from ancient landscapes to confront a society in denial about its relationship with nature, memory and destiny.
Uncivilisation was the founding manifesto of the Dark Mountain Project. It is a call for a type of writing that is open-eyed about humanity’s destruction of the Earth and the depleted future we are creating, but which does not respond to these things with polemic or hysteria, false hope or apocalyptic longing; rather, with a cool-headed attempt to engage with the myths we have created around our civilisation.
A personal journey through a nation whose character is being lost to the homogenising forces of globalisation and a top-heavy state. Through the highways and waterways of my home nation, via threatened street markets and squatted cafes, privatised city centres and occupied boatyards, ancient orchards and giant shopping malls, I tell the story of a country losing its identity and the people fighting back.
One No, Many Yeses was written at the height of the first wave of uprisings against ‘globalisation’, when the Zapatista uprising in Mexico was a still making waves, and every global summit was met by legions of angry protesters insisting that ‘another world is possible.’ It’s a journalistic exploration of a global movement of resistance to the status quo.