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The Dark Mountain Project

The Dark Mountain Project

The Dark Mountain Project is run by a collective of writers who were drawn together by a shared sense that the stories our culture tells itself are broken. Walking on Lava has been edited by four members of that collective: Charlotte Du Cann, Dougald Hine, Nick Hunt and Paul Kingsnorth.

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In this public conversation, Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth 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?

The Dark Mountain Project

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  1. Walking on Lava

    By The Dark Mountain Project

    The Dark Mountain Project began with a manifesto published in 2009 by two English writers—Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth—who felt that literature was not responding honestly to the crises of our time.

    In a world in which the climate is being altered by human activities; in which global ecosystems are being destroyed by the advance of industrial civilisation; and in which the dominant economic and cultural assumptions of the West are visibly crumbling, Dark Mountain asked: where are the writers and the artists? Why are the mainstream cultural forms of our society still behaving as if this were the twentieth century—or even the nineteenth?

    Dark Mountain’s call for writers, thinkers and artists willing to face the depth of the mess we are in has made it a gathering point for a growing international network. Rooted in place, time and nature, their work finds a home in the pages of the Dark Mountain books, with two new volumes published every year.

    Walking on Lava brings together the best of the first ten volumes, along with the original manifesto. This collection of essays, fiction, poetry, interviews and artwork introduces The Dark Mountain Project’s groundbreaking work to a wider audience in search of ‘the hope beyond hope, the paths which lead to the unknown world ahead of us.’

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