Charlotte Du Cann


Charlotte Du Cann is a writer, editor and community activist. She is the art editor and distributor for the Dark Mountain Project.

She was born in London in 1956 where she worked as a lifestyle journalist during the 1980s, specialising in food, fashion and design. After travelling for ten years, mostly in the Americas, she settled in Suffolk in 2002 to write a sequence of books about reconnecting with the Earth. The first of these 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth was published in August 2012 by Two Ravens Press.

Charlotte has published five works of non-fiction, ranging from a collection of essays about food and society, Offal and the New Brutalism (Heinemann) to the travelogue, Reality Is the Bug That Bit Me in the Galapagos (Flamingo). A regular editor for Dark Mountain, she has also recently edited Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered (with author Lucy Neal), a handbook about collaborative and community arts practice (Oberon Books) and the grassroots newspaper, Transition Free Press.

Currently Charlotte is co-authoring The Grassroots Directory, an A-Z of community-led projects in the UK to be published by Unbound Books in 2017 and the co-curator of the next Dark Mountain Gathering, Base Camp at Embercombe, this September with fellow Mountaineer Dougie Strang.

 You can find a selection of her writings on