Dougald Hine

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Hello. I'm Dougald Hine. If you've arrived at this page, then I guess you've read something that I've written – or maybe watched or listened to Notes From Underground.

I've set this up to allow readers to support my work at a moment when I'm focusing more than ever on my writing – and when the stories and ideas I write about seem more relevant than ever.

Backstory

Once upon a time, I was a radio journalist for the BBC. I soon realised that I didn’t want a career working in newsrooms: too often, it felt like we were mining the experience of people’s lives, at their most vulnerable moments, to use as raw material in the production of an industrial commodity called news. So I left, in search of another way of telling stories.

I went looking for people whose work inspired me and I tried to make myself useful enough that they would let me hang around and learn how they got to do the things they were doing.

I became a creator of projects and organisations. The one that’s best known is the Dark Mountain Project, which started with a manifesto that I wrote with Paul Kingsnorth. It grew into a cultural movement and a journal, digging into the deep roots of today’s ecological crises, marking a journey to the far side of despair.

Writing for my life

In July 2019, after ten years at the heart of Dark Mountain, I handed over my responsibilities. That’s given me the space to focus on my writing as never before.

In the eight weeks after I got back to my desk, I wrote six new essays from start to finish, totalling 24,000 words. That's about as much publishable writing as I used to manage in a decent year.

I have a literary agent, I have places where my work gets published and read, and I’m actively working to get the words I write in front of more readers. But I’m also committed to using these skills in service of a different agenda to the one that steers the newsrooms where I used to work: a different understanding of the depth of the mess we’re in, and a different understanding of what we are capable of as humans, when we come together for reasons beyond the logic of the market or the state.

Becoming a patron

That’s where your support comes in. It’s a vote of confidence in my work and a practical contribution to my ability to go on following a path which has often involved making choices that don’t look particularly sensible, when seen through an economic lens.

I’ve done my share of crowdfunding – and I know there’s meant to be a set of tiers and offers to incentivise your donors – but this time around, that doesn’t feel right.

If you’re going to offer me support, I’m assuming it’s because you want me to be able to focus on the work I’m already doing, rather than creating an extra layer of tasks around that work.

There will be things I want to share with you, as patrons, but I’d rather they come as surprises – that this becomes a relationship of gifts rather than a transaction between us.

What I will do is:

1.  Make sure that my Patrons are the first to hear about every new piece I publish, as well as podcasts, talks and live events, and . . .

2.  Invite you to a discussion channel, where we can be in touch with each other.

Beyond that, let's see how this works and what makes sense.

Meanwhile, thank you for your generosity. It makes all the difference.

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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 24 exclusive posts
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Audio releases
12
Images
4
Links
15
Writings

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