Walking on Lava
Selected Works for Uncivilised Times
by The Dark Mountain Project
Pub Date 05 Sep 2017
The Dark Mountain Project was created in 2009 by two English writers—Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth—who felt that writing was not responding honestly to the crises of our time.
In a world in which the climate is being changed by human activities; in which global ecosystems are dying back before the advance of industrial civilisation; and in which the dominant economic and cultural assumptions of the West are visibly crumbling, Dark Mountain asked: Where are the writers and the artists? Why are the novels, films, music, the cultural forms that pass for mainstream in our society, still behaving as if it were the 20th century—or even the 19th?
Something else was—is—needed. The Dark Mountain Project called for writers, thinkers and artists who may not pretend to have answers but who don't hide from the questions. In doing so, it became a gathering point —and the work of those writers, thinkers and artists with whom the message resonates has since appeared in The Dark Mountain Project's ten published volumes rooted in place, time and nature.
Walking on Lava brings together the best of these volumes to showcase The Dark Mountain Project's groundbreaking work over the course of its eight-year history—continuing to light a way forward for those courageous enough to confront the faltering myths of our times.