ClimateCultures Reviews

We regularly review fiction and non-fiction books as well as events and other resources. Here is an updated list of our reviews to date (most recent posts at the top of each category):

Books

— Fiction

The Gift of Stories

Jim Crace’s 1988 novel, The Gift of Stones, set at the end of the Stone Age, on the cusp of change that accelerated us headlong into a new world, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (25/6/18).

The Colour of Flamboyant Flowers

Jean Rhys’ novel of story of alienation, displacement, colonialism and the ‘othering’ of difference of race and gender, told in multiple voices: Wide Sargasso Sea, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (29/4/18).

Stalking the Impossible 

Geoffrey Household’s brilliant 1939 combination of thriller and landscape writing: Rogue Male, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (31/1/18).

What Use is Grief to a Horse? 

“One great thing about being in the adjustment business: you’re never short of customers.” Equus, Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (27/10/17).

A People of the Fall

The Inheritors, William Golding’s 1955 classic reimagining of the lost world of the Neanderthals, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (30/5/17). 

Bringing Our Monsters Back Home

Grendel, John Gardner’s haunting 1971 novel revisits the ancient tale of Beowulf and speaks to us about ‘Othering’ the natural world, and how our monsters insist on coming back in. Reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (3/4/17)

— Non-fiction

Reading Nature’s Archives in the Library of Ice

Nancy Campbell’s The Library of Ice: Readings form a Cold Climate (2018), vividly combining memoir, scientific and cultural history with accounts of landscape and place, reviewed by Sally Moss (5/11/18).

Energetic: Exploring the past, present and future of energy

Energetic, a wide-ranging collection of essays, photography, creative pieces and interviews from the Stories of Change project (edited by Joe Smith and Renata Tyszczuk, 2018), reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (6/8/18).

In the Path of Its Beam

Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the classic 1974 account of her life in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (15/3/18)

Anticipatory History

Anticipatory history, a collection of short essays exploring key terms and themes in landscape and wildlife change (edited by Caitlin DeSilvey, Simon Naylor & Colin Sackett, 2011), reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (13/8/17). 

Events

— Exhibitions

Of Fire, Ice & Earth

Fire & Ice, a 2017 exhibition by photographers Gina Glover & Jessica Rayner and potter Hilary Mayo, at GroundWork Gallery in King’s Lynn, reviewed by James Murray-White (10/11/17).

— Performances

“Water’s Rising, at Their Ankles Now…”

James Phillips’ play Flood, produced by Slung Low at Hull, City of Culture 2017, reviewed by James Murray-White (10/10/17).

— Workshops

Conserve? Restore? Rewild? Ecopoetics and Environmental Challenge

Conserve? Restore? Rewild? Arts and Ecopoetics Rise to the Challenge, a one-day event on our responses to environmental crisis at GroundWork Gallery in Kings Lynn, September 2018, reviewed by James Murray-White (11/9/18).

The Art of Noise

ClimateSymphony Lab, a one-day workshop to develop a musical performance from climate change data, organised by Disobedient Films at ArtsAdmin in London in June 2017, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (23/6/17). 

On Night in the Daytime

The Night Breathes Us In: a day and night of explorations, provided by The Dark Mountain Project as part of Outrider Anthems’ year-long Festival of the Dark in Reading, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (30/3/17).

TV & Radio broadcasts

A Questionable Shore

Into the Wind, a poetic film by Richard Alwyn for BBC, following writer and naturalist Tim Dee as he explores the edgelands of the Wash, in search of a pure wind, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (15/4/17).

Apps

Taking the World for a Walk

The Deep Time Walk app, from Deeptimewalk.org, reviewed by Mark Goldthorpe (14/7/17).