Essays

The Poet and the Machine

February 15, 2011 Or: how to accept despair and avoid wishful thinking with the help of stoicism and poetry.

An untutored townsman’s invasion of the country

November 1, 2010 Last autumn, I moved from the city to the country. After fifteen years in Oxford, and with a young daughter…

Journey to the Dark Mountain

July 20, 2010

An attempt, back in the early days, to explain to a festival audience, and perhaps to myself, what the Dark Mountain Project is about.

Progress and the land

June 1, 2010

Our aggressively ‘progressive’ culture doesn’t seem to be able to talk intelligently about land and place. What’s it scared of?

Confessions of a recovering environmentalist

April 30, 2010

My most talked-about piece of journalism by a long way. An account of a personal journey through environmentalism, and a lament at what it has become.

England is the unheard word

April 23, 2010

English governance is a canker at the heart of our crumbling constitution. The UK is broken, but the political class won’t talk about it.

Oak, ash and thorn

January 20, 2010

A historical fancy commissioned for the programme of the play Jerusalem, written by Jez Butterworth and performed in the West End in 2010 and on Broadway in 2011.

From Munich to Copenhagen

November 8, 2009

How many more National Trust tea rooms will have to be submerged under eight feet of water before we can grasp that the future is not behaving in the way it was supposed to?

The best place in the World

June 20, 2009

A short journey through the secrets and wonders of the upper Thames.

Bring back the English Resistance

June 1, 2009

English history is too often represented, even today, as a pageant of lords and nobles, wars and conquests. But there is another history.

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