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Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth
Paul Kingsnorth has worked in an orang utan rehabilitation centre in Borneo, as a peace observer in the rebel Zapatista villages of Mexico, as a floor-sweeper in McDonalds and as an assistant lock-keeper on the river Thames. He studied history at Oxford University between 1991 and 1994, was arrested during the Twyford Down road protests of 1993 and was named one of Britain's 'top ten troublemakers' by the New Statesman magazine in 2001. He has worked on the comment desk of The Independent, as commissioning editor for and as deputy editor of The Ecologist. He is also an award-winning poet, and an honorary member of the Lani tribe of New Guinea. He has written for most UK newspapers and many other publications at home and abroad, and appeared on radio and TV.

Paul's first book, One No, Many Yeses (Simon and Schuster, 2003), an investigative journey through the 'anti-globalisation' movement, was published in six languages in thirteen countries. His second book, Real England, was published by Portobello Books in 2008. His debut poetry collection, Kidland, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. In 2009 he co-founded the Dark Mountain Project.

Paul will be speaking on 'It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine): Why environmentalism has failed and what comes next.' on 22nd February 2010 giving a version of his contribution to the book What is Radical Politics Today? edited by Jonathan Pugh of Newcastle University, and published in November 2009 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

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Books by Paul Kingsnorth

Real England: The Battle Against The Bland
Real England: The Battle Against The Bland

We see the signs around us every day: the chain cafes and superstores that dominate our high streets; the decline of small farms and the loss of post offices; the headlines about yet another traditional industry going to the wall. Now, for the first time, here is a book that makes the connection between these isolated, incremental, local changes and the bigger picture of a nation whose identity is being eroded.

As he travels around the country meeting fruit-growers, lock keepers, stall owners and the inhabitants of Chinatown, Paul Kingsnorth records the kind of conversations that are taking place in country pubs and corner shops across the land while warning us that, unless we act, such quintessentially English institutions may cease to exist.

One No, Many Yeses
One No, Many Yeses

Published in six languages in thirteen countries, One No, Many Yeses is a manifesto, an investigation and a travel book: an introduction to the new politics of resistance which shows there's much more to the 'anti-globalisation' movement than trashing Starbucks.

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