Writing the Real by Catherine Bush

I spent the spring of 2019 at an Institute for Advanced Study in Germany. One evening, in the midst of a conversation about the climate crisis, I asked another Fellow—a methane expert, methane being an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon—what he feared most about the future. Crispr, he said, and a global pandemic.Continue reading “Writing the Real by Catherine Bush”

Mess with the climate and it will bite back

Marissa Slaven and Bill McGuire discuss their eco-thrillers, and how their work as a palliative care physician and UCL Professor Emeritus respectively have effected their fiction writing. In Bill McGuire’s Skyseed, a clandestine attempt to tackle global heating using untried and untested technology threatens to bring about a climate cataclysm. Under constant threat of assassination,Continue reading “Mess with the climate and it will bite back”

Writing the Human Element Into Climate Change Via Those Most At Risk by Claire Holroyde

It was easy to be distracted at the start of 2017 when I was writing a manuscript about a potentially cataclysmic event. It wasn’t the one I feared, nor was it the one lying in wait at the turn of 2020. I focused on a plot with cosmic collisions; comets and asteroids are fascinating, afterContinue reading “Writing the Human Element Into Climate Change Via Those Most At Risk by Claire Holroyde”

Sentient Trees and Hungry Crocodiles

Bren MacDibble and Bijal Vachharajani discuss their childrens books, set at sea and on land. Bijal: Sometimes the clichés just become the truth. I had an early morning meeting the next day, but there was Neoma making her way in the most perilous of journeys to the Valley of the Sun, and that’s it, IContinue reading “Sentient Trees and Hungry Crocodiles”

Learning how to face our feared future by Danielle Celermajer

The light that falls through the rainforest is always mottled. By the time it reaches you it has passed through the layers of the leaves and vines, the branches and trunks that fold and twist over and among each other. The humus and leaf litter are soft and moist underfoot because the light that reachesContinue reading “Learning how to face our feared future by Danielle Celermajer”

The wonderful recovery of the natural world

Catherine Bush and Nicola Penfold discuss their novels, which focus on wild nature. Catherine: Nicola, one of the things I loved so much about entering your upper MG novel Between Sea and Sky was feeling uncanny resonances to my novel, Blaze Island, written for older readers yet with young adult protagonists and being released inContinue reading “The wonderful recovery of the natural world”

Climate Justice Fiction: Movement Building for the Win by Aya de Leon

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! For decades, science fiction and fantasy writers have been warning us about the type of future we may face if we don’t transform our current society. In the past five years, Octavia Butler’s 1993 Parable of the Sower has felt particularly prophetic, because she predicted 2024 with aContinue reading “Climate Justice Fiction: Movement Building for the Win by Aya de Leon”

Pairing Humor with Atrocity

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! Authors Venetia Welby and A. E. Copenhaver discuss their adult climate fiction novels. Venetia Welby: I loved My Dark Green Days of Euphoria. It’s such an original idea – and absolutely of our time, encompassing the generational divide, the visceral exhaustion of the professional activist. Can you tellContinue reading “Pairing Humor with Atrocity”

What’s on the shelf: children’s nonfiction on climate change by Joan Haig

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! My first nonfiction book for children is published by Templar Books next month. Talking History, co-authored with Joan Lennon and illustrated fabulously by André Ducci, takes a critical look at 15 famous speeches and the people and events surrounding them. Two of the speeches relate directly to theContinue reading “What’s on the shelf: children’s nonfiction on climate change by Joan Haig”

Looking After Planet Earth

Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway! Nicola Penfold interviews Chitra Soundar about her new Middle Grade novel Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth, and discusses her own novel Between Sea and Sky. Nicola: Hello Chitra! I was so grateful to have the chance to read your second Sona Sharma book, Sona Sharma Looking AfterContinue reading “Looking After Planet Earth”