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December 2016
Dec092016

The Prophets of Rock and Wave

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In the wilds of Dartmoor, in the depths of winter, I'll be working with mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw to create a weekend of mythology, story and moorland experience for writers who want to deepen their craft. Over a weekend spent in remote buildings, around fires and on the moors, we will explore what it means to un-civilise our writing and our selves. We will look to the creation of stories, poems, narratives and worldviews that are startling in their freshness, by walking…

March 2017
Mar262017

Oxford Literary Festival

- at Oxford Literary Festival

I'll be talking about my forthcoming essay collection, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, and I might also be talking about Beast, which comes out in paperback this summer.

April 2017
Apr212017

Bristol Festival of Ideas

- at Watershed

I'll be talking about the ideas in my new essay collection, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, which is published by Faber in April, in discussion with Andrew Kelly.

Apr222017

Cambridge Literary Festival

- at Cambridge

I'll be talking about the new essay collection, in conversation with New Statesman culture editor Tom Gatti.

Apr292017

Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Confessions

- at Galway, Ireland

I'll be chairing a discussion about nature and wildness, featuring Jay Griffiths, Richard Hamblyn and Gaia Vince.

Apr302017

Cúirt Festival of Literature: Beast

at Galway, Ireland

I'll be reading from and talking about Beast with fellow novelists Sara Baume and Jenni Fagan

August 2017
Aug032017

US: Diesel Bookstore, Oakland, California

- at Diesel Books

An evening of reading from and talking about my two books - Beast, and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - both published this month in the US by Graywolf Press.

Aug042017

US: Myths We Live By, Point Reyes, with Martin Shaw

- at Dance Palace

An evening of readings, conversations and - who knows - maybe stories, with myself and mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw. How can the oldest of old tales thread themselves through our lives again, and what does myth have to say to a society in trouble? Tickets available in advance.

Aug052017

US: Age of the Serpent, Point Reyes, with Martin Shaw

- at Point Reyes Presbyterian Church

How might an understanding of old myths and stories inform the turbulent world we live in today?  In this day-long workshop, Martin Shaw and I will dig deep into the old language of myth and story, and ask if the tales that can really help us understand our world might have already been around for centuries. Through exploring the ancient European tale of the Lindworm, and other old stories, we will seek to understand what myth has to tell us about the…

Aug062017

US: Tor House, Carmel, with Martin Shaw

- at Tor House

Nearly a decade after his poetry first inspired the Dark Mountain Project, I finally get to visit - and talk at - the home of Californian poet Robinson Jeffers. I'll be speaking about Dark Mountain and the influence of Jefers' verse. I'll be joined by Martin Shaw, who will offer a story up to the wild gods of the sea.

Aug072017

US: Last Bookstore, LA, with Martin Shaw

- at Lat Bookstore

An evening of reading from and talking about my two books - Beast, and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - both published this month in the US by Graywolf Press, in conversation with author and mythologist Martin Shaw.

Aug082017

US: University Club, Minneapolis, with Eric Utne

- at University Club

An evening of reading from and talking about my two books - Beast, and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - both published this month in the US by Graywolf Press, in conversation with the founder of 'Utne Reader' Eric Utne.

Aug102017

US: Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn

- at Greenlight Bookstore

An evening of reading from and talking about my two books - Beast, and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - both published this month in the US by Graywolf Press.

Aug112017

US: Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington DC

- at Politics and Prose

An evening of reading from and talking about my two books - Beast, and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - both published this month in the US by Graywolf Press.

October 2017
Oct132017

Rewild Your Words

- at Sherkin North Shore

Retreat for two days and two nights to the far western edge of Europe. Sleep by the wild sea. Walk alone on the moors and the beaches. Spend the days with other writers, learning, writing, talking. Let the weather and the wilds and the old spirits in the hedgerows and the waters have their way with you. What will be the impact on your words? This weekend writing course, designed and led by me, aims to take writers of all…

November 2017
Nov272017

Starting to Write Non-Fiction

- at The Hurst

I'll be teaching on this Arvon course in Shropshire with the poet and writer Melanie Challenger.

March 2018
Mar30

The Alchemy of Stories

- at Dartington Village Hall

In a time of lead, what can transform our base world into gold? In a word: stories. We once understood that the incantatory power of storytelling, and the magical content of myth, had the ability to change our lives. As a culture, we have forgotten this old truth. Is it time to rediscover the power of stories, myths, words to transmute base reality into beauty and truth? Mythologist Martin Shaw and novelist Paul Kingsnorth explore the power of ancient tales…

April 2018
Apr25

Songs from the Blue River

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My second poetry collection will be launched at an event at the Cuirt festival in Galway city. Click on the headline for a weblink.

June 2018
Jun25

Arvon walking retreat

- at Lumb Bank Arvon Centre

“Perhaps”, wrote the poet Wallace Stevens, “the truth depends on a walk around a lake.” This course, run by the Arvon foundation in Yorkshire, and led by me, assisted by local walking author Christopher Goddard, aims to stimulate your creativity through a combination of daily guided walks in the woods and hills, readings and reflections from other writers, close observations of nature and landscape, time to spend on your own writing, and tutorials in which you will receive detailed feedback…

July 2018
Jul22

The Way?

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I'll be chairing a discussion at the Curious Arts festival in Dorset, with Miriam Darlington, Bridget Nicholls, Valentine Warner and Tony Riddle. We'll be talking about the state of the green movement, technological hubris, progress and other light summer topics.

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