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Earth Talk Video: Five years on a mountain - Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine

In 2009, Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine published Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto, a challenge to face the deep cultural roots of today’s crises and a call for new stories for an age of climate change and ecocide. Today, the Dark Mountain Project has grown into an international network of writers and thinkers, artists and musicians, organising festivals, events and exhibitions, centred on the Dark Mountain journal.

In this public conversation, Dougald and Paul will discuss some of the lessons they have learned from this journey and the questions it has thrown up: where are the new stories that could help us make sense of our situation? How do we live with ecological grief? What is the role of art and culture in a time of unravelling? What happens when we create a space in which we can talk about the darkness and doubt that we feel in the light of ecological crisis? And what does it mean to find ‘the hope beyond hope’ which the manifesto speaks of?

Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth an author, writer and co-founder of Dark Mountain. A former Fleet Street journalist and deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine, he is the author of two books of political reportage, One No, Many Yeses and Real England, a collection of poetry, Kidland, and a recently-published novel, The Wake. He has had writing published across the world, has won awards for his poetry and essays, and has taught and spoken at universities, colleges, festivals and other events in Britain and further afield.

Dougald Hine

Dougald Hine is a writer, speaker and kickstarter of projects. After an early career as a BBC journalist, he co-founded the educational web startup School of Everything, followed by the regeneration agency Spacemakers.

He is part of an international network of itinerant scholars associated with the work of Ivan Illich, reflected in a series of published conversations with David Abram, Gustavo Esteva and Sajay Samuel. In 2012, he organised Redrawing The Maps, a week-long ‘free school’ inspired by the work of John Berger, in collaboration with King’s College London. He has been named in lists of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’ (The Observer), the ‘most influential figures in the UK’s creative industries’ (The Independent) and ‘the people who make us happy’ (The Independent on Sunday). He is a regular guest lecturer at universities, art and architecture schools across Europe.