Just Stories: African Solarpunk Challenging a Growing Climate Apartheid by Nick Wood

Narrating ‘stories’ is an ancient, lasting, and universal way humans have developed, to make sense of themselves and the world, and this includes linking together a series of facts (or events) from which to derive meaning. There is a huge, gathering factual story facing all of us – with no definitive end in our lifetimeContinue reading “Just Stories: African Solarpunk Challenging a Growing Climate Apartheid by Nick Wood”

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Collaborators in Conversation by Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble

The Raven’s Song is a collaboration between Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble. It’s a novel for upper middle grade set in a climate and diseased ravaged future where cities have been deserted and survivors now live self-sufficient low-pollution lives in fenced and isolated hamlets as they wait for the world to heal. But children areContinue reading “Collaborators in Conversation by Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble”

Conservation, Red in Tooth and Claw by Rem Wigmore

Sometimes hope needs teeth. As a kid I was part of the Junior Naturalists Club, Junats. I cherish my memories of mossy dark forest, of doodling giant snails or staring at the wētā a guest speaker brought in. I’ve always had a wide-eyed wonder for the natural world. I was raised knowing the joys andContinue reading “Conservation, Red in Tooth and Claw by Rem Wigmore”

Lost soundscapes – birdsong, the sound of insects and amphibians

Chitra Soundar interviews Gill Lewis about her latest book Song of the River ( illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk and published by Barrington Stoke), that explores violent storms and flooding while also discussing her picture book Pattan’s Pumpkin, which is an ancient folktale from India, which has the same themes. Chitra: I really enjoyed reading SongContinue reading “Lost soundscapes – birdsong, the sound of insects and amphibians”

Adapted climate change: a new genre by J. Ekstam

My trilogy, Katja’s World Game, belongs to a new genre that I call ‘adapted climate change’. Why does climate change require a new genre?  If we are to adjust to the ecological, social or economic systems related to climate change and its effects, we need to understand what is at stake. Why fiction? Because itContinue reading “Adapted climate change: a new genre by J. Ekstam”

“Business is Booming, Nevermind the Climate”

Today the author of the experimental short story collection Our Shared Storm, Andrew Dana Hudson, talks to Sarah Blake, author of the adult dystopian novel Clean Air. Andrew Dana Hudson: Sarah, your novel Clean Air is ecofiction, but it also feels like pandemic fiction—the masks, the confined life, the focus on health dangers rather thanContinue reading ““Business is Booming, Nevermind the Climate””

Birds and Bees

Author of the historical fantasyWindsmith Kevan Manwaring and April Doyle, author of adult dystopia Hive, discuss their writing. Kevan: I have just finished reading your book, Hive, which I really enjoyed. For a near-future dystopia it has a refreshingly life-affirming quality to it (which I think is essential if we are to avoid climate paralysisContinue reading “Birds and Bees”

Individual Heroism as a Story Engine

Aya de León and Michael DeLuca discuss their work in genre fiction which includes climate issues. Michael: QUEEN OF URBAN PROPHECYhas a romance backbone–I’ve seen you use this word to describe your own work so I am not as wary of speaking out of turn there as I might be. It’s also packed with peopleContinue reading “Individual Heroism as a Story Engine”

Teaching Resource for Green Rising by Lauren James

Mr B Tillbrook, librarian at Invicta Grammar School, has prepared some teaching resources for students reading the Young Adult novel Green Rising by Lauren James. This is suitable for Year 7 (age 11-12). Green Rising Guided Reading booklet (includes: about the author, things to think about when reading, extract from the novel, challenge activity, extensionContinue reading “Teaching Resource for Green Rising by Lauren James”

The Magic of Nature by Josh Martin

I just read Lord of the Rings for the first time and here’s my take away: it’s like, the OG treehugger’s book. Before Suzanne Simard and Peter Wohlleben and Richard Power’s The Overstorythere was this eccentric professor who loved languages and heroism and ended up writing a 1000+ page tome that’s as much about keepingContinue reading “The Magic of Nature by Josh Martin”