Living with the Anthropocene

Cameron Muir, Jennifer Newell, Kirsten Wehner

Australia — and the world — is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019–20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love.

In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia’s best-known writers and thinkers — as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists — come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis. They build a picture of a collective endeavour towards a culture of care, respect, and attention as the physical world changes around us. How do we hold onto hope?

Personal and urgent, this is a literary anthology for our age, the age of humans.

Contributors include: Michael Adams — Nadia Bailey — Saskia
Beudel — Tony Birch — James Bradley — Jo Chandler — Adrienne
Corradini — Sophie Cunningham — John Dargavel — Penny Dunstan
— Delia Falconer — Laura Fisher — Suzy Freeman-Greene — Andrea
Gaynor — Joëlle Gergis — Billy Griffiths — Ashley Hay — Justine
Hyde — Lucas Ihlein — Jennifer Lavers — Ian Lunt — George Main
— Cameron Allan Mckean — Gretchen Miller — Ruth A. Morgan
— Stephen Muecke — Cameron Muir — Jenny Newell — Emily
O’gorman — Kate Phillips — Alison Pouliot — Jane Rawson —
Annalise Rees — Lauren Rickards — David Ritter — Libby Robin —
John Charles Ryan — Katrina Schlunke — Ray Thompson — Angela
Tiatia — Ellen Van Neerven — Adriana Vergés — Kirsten Wehner
— Gib Wettenhall — Josh Wodak — Kate Wright

An important book that speaks to our time.'

- — Tim Flannery


Cameron Muir, Jennifer Newell, Kirsten Wehner

MUIR is a writer. NEWELL is manager of Climate Change Projects. WEHNER was formerly a head curator at the National Museum of Australia.

NewSouth Publishing

NewSouth Publishing is the publishing division of UNSW Press Ltd, a leading Australian university press.