Paul Kingsnorth

is creating structures from words

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'We can do no more than build a stack of wood and dry it properly. Then it will catch fire at the right time and we ourselves will be astonished by it.'
– Goethe

My name is Paul, and I'm looking for something which doesn't appear on the maps. 

For over two decades, I have been a writer. I have written poetry, novels, short stories, reportage, memoir and journalism. Whatever I write, though, turns out to be telling the same story: the broken link between human culture and the world outside our doors.

I am an animist in an age of machines; a poet-of-sorts in a dictatorship of merchants; a Romantic in a regiment of reason. Either I'm mad, or the world is. It could be both. But I do not believe in most of the things I am supposed to believe in: 'progress'; the centrality of humanity to the Earth's story; the pursuit of growth; individualism; the primacy of science and reason; the utopia that always lies just around the corner.

I believe in other things: that humans cannot live apart from the rest of nature for long; that placeless people go mad very quickly; that we are racing towards a future in which we know nothing but our own desire. I believe we have forgotten how to belong - to the wider community of life, to our own bodies, to each other, to the source of creation. I believe that climate change and mass extinction are the shape of our shadows.

I believe that none of these are political or economic problems, and that none of them will be ‘solved’ by such means as politics, activism or - spare us! - the expressing of strong opinions. I believe that this is a spiritual crisis; perhaps even a spiritual war. My interest these days is what this means.

I use my words to try and find out. 

Over the last twenty years, I've published two novels, four books of non-fiction, two poetry collections and far too many scraps of journalism. Between 2009 and 2017 I was co-founder and director of the Dark Mountain Project, a global network of writers and artists searching for new stories for a time of collapse. In 2018 I founded the Wyrd School, a roving academy which seeks to re-inject a pagan, animist energy into our tales.

My books include my 2017 essay collection Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, which pokes around in the underbelly of a society in cultural and ecological collapse, and my recent semi-memoir Savage Gods, which takes language itself to task for its failures. In my fiction - such as my Man Booker-longlisted novel The Wake - the landscapes are as alive as the people, and it is never quite clear who is running the show. 

Like many writers I'm a fairly reclusive, introspective person. I need the stars, the wind and the silence to produce my words. I live on a smallholding in Ireland with my wife, where we grow our own food and fuel, make our own bread and school our own children. I avoid social media like the pox it is. I eat chocolate bars and listen to the birds and see what rises from the ground.

If you want to see how I live, and how I think, the film above, made by a Dutch TV channel in 2018, is a little introduction.

I would like to say that if you support me I will flood you with vlogs, blogs, tweets, unique one-off e-books and funky little rewards targeted cleverly at your precise consumer demographic. But this would not be true. There are some things I can offer you - discounts on my courses, signed books, free seeds from my garden, sneak previews of some of my words before publication. I like to keep in touch with my supporters, and I am always deeply grateful for their help. I will slip you little novelties when you least expect it.

But mostly, I'll offer you my gratitude. Writing and teaching don't pay much, and it can be precarious trying to support a family this way. The support of my patrons helps me keep thinking, writing and publishing in the age of Amazon and AI. Don't understimate how much this matters. 

Thank you for reading.
Paul
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