Dark Mountain: Issue 25

Nick is the author of three books about walking and Europe, the most recent of which is Outlandish, a work of gonzo ornithology, The Parakeeting of London, and a collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories. He works as an editor and co-director for the Dark Mountain Project, and has contributed short stories and essays to many of its issues. Red Smoking Mirror is his debut novel.


Our Spring 2024 issue is an anthology of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, interviews and artwork inspired by the struggle for land rights, and by the living land itself.


Our twenty-fifth book is an anthology of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, interviews and artwork inspired by the struggle for land rights, and by the living land itself.

Land is the ground beneath our feet, but it is so much more than that. Those who act in its defence are fighting for many things: for the right to access food and water; for the existence of other beings, of rivers, mountains, lakes and trees; for the right to build a home, or to live without one; for the right to walk without fences and to sleep beneath the stars; for connection and imagination; to resist invasion.

 This book gathers voices from around the world – from Cameroon to Mexico, from Portugal to Palestine, from Wales to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from Singapore to the leafy lanes of the Oxfordshire stockbroker-belt. Some pieces take the form of dispatches about navigating difficult territories, while others take a longer view of history and deep time. The language of rights can be anthropocentric, couched in terms of ‘who owns what’ – but what happens when we flip such assumptions on their heads? Does the land belong to us, or do we belong to the land? What happens when we expand our perception beyond the human?

As with all Dark Mountain books, awareness of the land’s aliveness underpins everything. Whatever the ground on which you stand, we hope the words and artwork in this issue offer different ways to navigate its changes.


Writers: Ahmad Al-Bazz, Alice Albinia, Damian Le Bas, Hugh Brody, Amy-Jane Beer, Daniel Bye, Chris Christou, Tim Fox, Evelin Grauen, Robin Grey, Briony Greenhill, Heather Gorse, Daniel Grimstone, Murairi Bakihanaye Janvier, Justin Kenrick, Anthea Lawson, Jerald Lim, Tomás Ó Loingsigh, Garth Martens, Annie McBay, Olivia McCannon, James McConnachie, Alaistair McIntosh, Zakiya McKenzie, Samuel Nnah Ndobe, Sara Pereira, Sophia Pickles, Tabitha Pope, Paul Powlesland, Susan Raffo, Paul Rankin, Electra Rhodes, Erin Robinsong, Ceó Ruaírc, Juman Simaan, Wesley Stine, Fred Warren, Eirwen Abberly Watton, Adam Weymouth, Albert Woods, Stuart Wrigley

Artists: Fern Leigh Abbot, Joe Black Ardy, Esther May Campbell, Jim Carter, Madison Emond, Freya Gabie, Emma Göransson, Nick Hayes, Emily Joy, Maria Latumahina, Rosalind Lowry, David McGlynn, Megan McInnes, Tara Nicholson, Ava Osbiston, Ben Readman, Christy Rupp, Andreas Rutkauskas, Kaiwharawhara Stream, Ruth Webb, Ella Whittlestone, Lawrence Winram

Editors: Nick Hunt, Anthea Lawson, Adam Weymouth. Art editor: Ava Osbiston. Production: Nick Hunt. Editorial assistant: Ava Osbiston.

Cover: ‘Deershake’ by David McGlynn


Dark Mountain: Issue 25 is a hardback book, 256 pages long, printed on FSC-certified paper

ISBN 978-1-8384160-6-5

Additional information

Weight .67 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 2.5 cm