Shorelines Arts Festival
A Dark Mountain conversation in the west of Ireland
Date: Sunday, 20th September 2015
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Location: An Gairdin Ecology Centre, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland
Dark Mountain co-founder Paul Kingsnorth is in conversation with eco-poet Grace Wells at this Irish arts and literature festival, about Dark Mountain and its work. See the Shorelines website for more details.
Marmaduke Dando album launch
Date: Wednesday, 14th October 2015
Location: Power Lunches Arts Cafe, Kingsland Road, Dalston, London
Dark Mountain crooner Marmaduke Dando invites you to the London launch of his new album, Where the Wasteland Ends. Songs from the Bard of Disempire’s latest offering, plus some classics, and a support act, all for a measly £5.
If you are on Facebook, this page will give you some more details.
Dark Mountain 8 book launch
An evening of readings, music and conversation
Date: Thursday, 15th October 2015
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Location: Iklectik Art Lab, London
To celebrate the publication of Dark Mountain issue eight, on this very day, the DM team will be gathering in this London venue for an evening of music, readings, conversation and general merriment. Expect readings from contributors to the book – a special issue on our relationship with tools and technology – music from Marmaduke Dando and In Gowan Ring, and plenty of time for conversation, book buying and ordering at the bar.
Entrance is free and all are welcome. See the Iklectik website for details of how to find the venue.
Carrying the Fire: Samhain
A weekend of stories and mystery in the wilds of Rannoch Moor
Date: 30th October — 1st November 2015
Location: Loch Ossian Hostel, Rannoch Moor
Time, the deer, is in the woods…
On Rannoch Moor in the Scottish Highlands, this October, at the turning point of the Celtic year, we invite you to join us for a weekend of performance, storytelling and participation.
The moment we step off the train at Corrour Station, we’ll be immersed in a celebration of the physical and cultural ecology of the moor, and our place within it. We’ll be delving into story, stillness and mystery.
Rannoch Moor in autumn, when the midges have gone and the deer-grass turns red, is a stunning, magical place. We’ll be staying at the Loch Ossian Hostel in the heart of the moor; a fine, remote base: simple, off-grid and cosy. We’ll have the place to ourselves. We’ll eat good, hearty food. We’ll sleep deep and rise early; and over the course of the weekend, we’ll listen in to the moor, slip under its skin, unearth a few of its stories and sing them back to the night.
There’s a train leaving Glasgow Queen Street at 18.21 on Friday, 30th October. We’ll be on it, heading north. We’ll be carrying fire. Will you come with us?
There are just 16 places available for this special event. For more information, or to book one for yourself, visit this website.
Dark Mountain at the Wordsworth Trust
Date: Saturday, 30th November 2013
Time: 2:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Jerwood Centre, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria
The Wordsworth Trust, guardians of Dove Cottage, the home of Wordsworth, Coleridge and the Romantics in the heart of the English Lake District, has invited the Dark Mountain Project to run a short event on the afternoon of the 30th November. Paul Kingsnorth, Em Strang and Nick Hunt will introduce the work of Dark Mountain and read work from some of our books.
There are more details on the Trust’s website.
Date: Saturday, 15th February 2014
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm
Location: Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD
As part of a month-long exhibition at this London gallery, Dark Mountain co-founder Paul Kingsnorth will be giving a talk and chairing a discussion with the exhibited artists and the audience about our relationship to the rest of nature, biophilia, collapse, art and the role of the creator in an age of ecocide. Find out more here.
Dark Mountain poets at Wenlock
Date: Saturday, 26th April 2014
Time: 3 - 3.45pm
Location: Old Chapel House, Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT
Dark Mountain will be showcasing some of its poetry – and poets – at this year’s Wenlock Poetry Festival. Dark Mountain editor Nick Hunt will curate a session of readings from our books, and discussion of our work with other Dark Mountain-published poets. Find out more here.
Carrying The Fire
Discussions, talks, music and rolling conversation around the fire
Date: 16th — 18th May 2014
Time: 6am - 6pm daily
Location: Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
For the third year, this Dark Mountain-inspired event returns to Wiston Lodge. Expect a weekend of writers, thinkers, performers and others, offering discussions, talks and music around the fire. An intimate festival of ideas, poetry, music, and performance, exploring the connections between the arts, ecology and cultural resilience.
Find out more, see the programme, and book your tickets, here.
New Stories at the cliff edge
A five-day Dark Mountain primer at Schumacher College
Date: 23rd — 27th June 2014
Location: Schumacher College, Dartington, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 6EA
This is a new five-day course at Schumacher College, led by Dark Mountain co-founders Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth.
Over the course of this week, we invite you to join us in a process of prising apart the stories we grew up taking for granted – stories of inevitable ‘progress’, human centrality, technological and economic inevitability – and assembling new ones, capable of making sense of the world in which we find ourselves. During the five days of the course we will work together to understand the roots of our current situation.
This is a course for writers, artists, thinkers, doers – anyone who wants to rekindle their own creative relationship with a rapidly-changing world, and draw on radical ways of understanding our current situation. We will draw on poetry, history, philosophy and science as we seek to understand how our cultural stories have led us to the edge of a cliff, and we will use workshops, talks, discussions, exercises and expeditions beyond the classroom to help you see the beginnings of new stories to feed into your own life and work.
This is a chance to go deeper into the territory explored during the Uncivilisation festivals which Dark Mountain has run over the past four years, which have drawn together thinkers, writers, performers and activists from all over the world. Join us as we dig beneath our civilisation’s assumptions – and perhaps our own.
You can find out more, and book a place, here.
Stealing Fire from the Gods
Date: Thursday, 30th October 2014
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Impact Hub Islington, London
The Prophets of Rock and Wave
Date: 14th — 16th November 2014
Location: Dartmoor, Devon, England
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For the third year, we’re offering this popular writing and wilderness retreat, on the wilds of Dartmoor.
Whilst promising the Earth, civilisation divorces us from it. But the stories our civilisation tells about itself are now unravelling. The intensity of that unravelling propels us into even greater disconnection from the wild. The Dark Mountain Project and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story are collaborating for this unique writing, myth-making and wilderness workshop in the winter of 2014. It will pose a simple question: can we stand outside the wires and lights of modern living and, however briefly, re-forge a visceral engagement with the intelligence of the wild? Can we look at the human story, as it were, from outside?
Over a weekend spent in remote farm buildings, around fires and on the moors, we will explore what it means to un-civilise our writing and our selves. We will seek the place beyond the solitary intellect, where rather than dreaming we get dreamt. We will look to the creation of stories, poems, narratives and worldviews that are startling in their freshness, by walking beyond the usual dustbowls of the civilised world. Weather patterns, stone circles and deep pools of water will serve as teachers. Bring your dancing shoes. And waterproofs.
The course is led by Martin Shaw, Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story, and Paul Kingsnorth, Director of the Dark Mountain project. The weekend will combine writing workshops and exercises with moorland walks and fireside explorations. It will be active, outdoors and full of surprises. There will be no wifi connection or urban comforts.
The cost for the weekend is £200, including breakfast, evening meals and board. Numbers are limited to 25. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. To reserve your place or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Issue 6 and the fifth anniversary edition of our Manifesto
Date: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014
Location: Free Word Centre, London
As Dark Mountain turns five years old, you are invited to join us for the launch of our sixth book, ‘The Rising of the Waters’ – and the launch of a new edition of the manifesto that got the whole thing started. From that first call for ‘uncivilised’ writing and art, the project has grown into a cultural movement which the New York Times recently described as ‘changing the environmental conversation in Britain and the rest of Europe’. At its heart are the Dark Mountain books, beautiful biannual hardback collections of stories and essays, poems, conversations and images. The latest issue brings you drowned cities and dragon-summoners, the future of farming and the mythworld of an Amazonian tribe, new visions arising from the wreckage of the old.
Featuring readings from contributors, acoustic music from Evi Vine and an introduction by Dark Mountain co-founder Dougald Hine.
The event is free, but you will need to book a place through the Free Word website:
Scaling the Dark Mountain – writing rooted in time & place
a Dark Mountain writing workshop
Date: Saturday, 13th December 2014
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Oriel Wrecsam, Wales
Writing new stories for the age of endings. ‘When the cities lie at the monster’s feet, there are left the mountains.’
The latest issue of Dark Mountain will be our springboard into the imagination. No writing experience is necessary – just bring an open, inquisitive mind and a sense of adventure. These sessions are perfect for engaging with your creativity, either as a seasoned writer, a curious beginner, or for people working in other artforms interested in trying something new.
This workshop is part of a series of divergent creative workshops commissioned by Oriel Wrecsam and supported by Arts Council Wales. They will run on the second Saturday of each month at Oriel Wrecsam, from1pm – 3pm, starting on 11th October. Contact Sophie for more details: e: email@example.com. t: 01978 363264