Mat Osmond is a writer and illustrator based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Since its inception in 2009 The Dark Mountain Project has been a much valued travelling companion, fostering many fruitful encounters and lasting friendships over the past ten years. Mat’s longstanding sense that the predicament of anthropogenic mass-extinction presents a fundamentally spiritual dilemma is something that runs through all his work. He’s turned to meet it of late though an ongoing series of essays, Gyrovague Meditations, the first of which, Greenstone Axe, addresses the question ‘What would it mean, to you, to address God as Mother?’. Mat’s recent work includes a book of poems and pictures co-produced with the artist Kate Walters, The Black Madonna’s Song , published in summer 2020 by Atlantic Press; his related essay about Extinction Rebellion and the rewilding of prayer,Black Light is published in Dark Mountain: Issue 17. In November 2021 Mat’s convening a creative summit with art.earth in Dartington, Borrowed Time: On Death, Dying and Change.