Dark Mountain: Issue 3 (PDF)

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.


The Summer 2012 issue of writing and artwork responds to the question: how do we find our way home?


This is a PDF download of Dark Mountain: Issue 3.

We came to this issue of Dark Mountain with a question, how do we begin to find our way home? When our stories have failed us and our maps have led us astray, how do we get our bearings? And what remnants might we find of the meaning and security for which a human home, if we are lucky, might stand?

We live in a time of loss. Think of the species which have passed out of being since you were born, the languages, the multitudes of ways of being and knowing. It is a time of lost certainties and lost people, falling through the patterns of pain, denial, anger, bargaining and despair that mark the experience of loss. Directly or indirectly, often serendipitously, the writing and art collected here offers a space within which to begin facing our situation and finding what paths remain open to us.

In this issue, we also welcome the third member of our editorial team, the poet Adrienne Odasso. She has contributed greatly to what we believe is the strongest collection of poems yet in an issue of Dark Mountain. Contents of this issue include: Paul Kingsnorth on ‘Dark Ecology’ and what still makes sense as a ‘recovering environmentalist’; James Hester on the lessons to be drawn from history; Conversations with Dmitry Orlov, Doug and Kris Tompkins and Sajay Samuel; New fiction from Margaret Irish, Nick Hunt, Chris TT, David Kernohan and Gregory Norminton; Caspar Henderson on our barely imagined prehistory; Andrew Taggart weaves a path through the relationship between philosophy and nature; Bridget McKenzie explores orchards and Phil Brachi searches for faeries; New poetry from Em Strang, George Roberts, Roselle Angwin, Eleanor Rees and many others; Plus photo essays, paintings and illuminated poetry