Paul Kingsnorth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Paul Kingsnorth
Paul Kingsnorth.jpg
Paul Kingsnorth in 2011
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Worcester, United Kingdom
ResidenceWestern Ireland
EducationSt Anne's College, Oxford
OccupationWriter and thinker
Known forNovelist, writer, poet, environmentalist

Paul Kingsnorth (born 1972 in Worcester) is an English writer and thinker. He is a former deputy-editor of The Ecologist and a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. He lives in the west of Ireland.


Kingsnorth was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and St Anne's College, Oxford, where he studied modern history. During this period he became involved in the British road protest movement at sites including Twyford Down, Solsbury Hill and the M11 link road protest in east London. Much of his writing is focused on issues of place, nature and environmental concern.[1][2]

In 1995, he worked briefly on the comment desk of The Independent, before leaving to join the environmental campaign group EarthAction. He has subsequently worked as commissioning editor for openDemocracy, as a publications editor for Greenpeace and, between 1999 and 2001, as deputy editor of The Ecologist. He was named one of Britain's 'top ten troublemakers' by the New Statesman magazine in 2001.[3]

In 2004, he was one of the founders of the Free West Papua Campaign,[4] which campaigns for the secession of the provinces of Papua and West Papua from Indonesia, where Kingsnorth was made an honorary member of the Lani tribe in 2001.[5]

He has written for or contributed to The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Le Monde, New Statesman, London Review of Books, Granta, The Ecologist, New Internationalist, The Big Issue, Adbusters, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC Four, ITV and Resonance FM.

His first book, One No, Many Yeses (Simon & Schuster, 2003), an investigative journey through the anti-globalisation movement, was published in 6 languages in 13 countries. His second book, Real England, was published by Portobello Books in 2008.

His first collection of poetry, Kidland and other poems, was published by Salmon in 2011.[2] He won the Poetry Life National Competition in 1998, and was named BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in the same year.[citation needed] In 2012, he won the Wenlock Prize for "Vodadahue Mountain".[6] His second collection, Songs From The Blue River, was published by Salmon in 2018.

In 2009, with writer and social activist Dougald Hine, Kingsnorth founded the Dark Mountain Project, "a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself". Since 2009 it has run a series of summer festivals and smaller events, produced bi-annual anthologies of "uncivilised" writing and art and built up a network of writers and artists across the globe who aim to "offer up a challenge to the foundations of our civilisation".[7] He was one of the Project's directors until stepping down in 2017.

His first novel, The Wake, published via crowdfunding by Unbound in April 2014,[8] was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize[9] and the Folio Prize, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and won the Gordon Burn Prize.[10] Film rights to the novel were sold to a consortium led by the actor Mark Rylance and the former president of HBO Films Colin Callender.

Kingsnorth's second novel, Beast, was published in 2016 by Faber and Faber, and was shortlisted for the Encore Award for the Best Second Novel in 2017. His third novel, completing a loose thematic trilogy beginning with The Wake, will also be published by Faber. Announcing the deal, Faber's editorial director, Lee Brackstone, said: "We are welcoming to Faber a writer who belongs in the tradition of past greats like William Golding, Robert Graves, David Peace and Ted Hughes. His sensibility sits comfortably with theirs and his literary achievement could well go on to be their equal. He is that good."[11]


As author[edit]

  • One No, Many Yeses: a journey to the heart of the global resistance movement (2003, Free Press) ISBN 0-7432-2027-7
  • Real England: the battle against the bland (2008, Portobello) ISBN 1-84627-042-1
  • Uncivilisation: the Dark Mountain manifesto (co-author, 2009, Dark Mountain Project)[12]
  • Kidland and other poems (2011, Salmon Poetry) ISBN 1-907056-67-X
  • The Wake (2014, Unbound; 2016, Graywolf Press) ISBN 978-1908717863
  • Beast (2016, Faber & Faber; 2017, Graywolf Press) ISBN 978-1-55597-779-5
  • Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist (2017, Faber & Faber, Graywolf Press)
  • Songs from the Blue River (2018, Salmon Poetry)
  • Savage Gods (2019, Little Toller, Two Dollar Radio)

As editor[edit]

  • Dark Mountain: issue 1, (2010, Dark Mountain Project) ISBN 0-9564960-0-8
  • Dark Mountain: issue 2, (2011, Dark Mountain Project) ISBN 0-9564960-1-6
  • Dark Mountain: issue 3, (2012, Dark Mountain Project) ISBN 0-9564960-2-4
  • Dark Mountain: issue 4, (2013, Dark Mountain Project)
  • Dark Mountain: issue 5, (2014, Dark Mountain Project)
  • Dark Mountain: issue 6, (2014, Dark Mountain Project)
  • The World-Ending Fire: the essential Wendell Berry, (2017, Penguin Press) ISBN 0-2412792-0-8


External links[edit]