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Writing the anthropocene: Megan Hunter in conversation

Tuesday 19 March: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Jesus College, West Court, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BL

What would life be like after a climate catastrophe? With climate change a reality too big to be comprehended by graphs and statistics alone, fiction is proving as important a medium as science in the environmental debate. For instance, in the certain event of rising sea-levels, how do we write and imagine humanity's second fall?

Such questions are now part of what some are calling the Anthropocene, the epoch where human beings have become the primary agents of geological change. Novelist and literary critic Megan Hunter will be discussing her recent novel The End We Start From (Picador, 2017), a vision of Britain after climate disaster. This event is organised in collaboration with the Divinity Faculty's MPhil module, Theology in the Anthropocene: Facing the Environmental Future.

Megan Hunter was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex and Cambridge. Her first novel, The End We Start From, was first published in 2017 in the UK, US, and Canada, and has been translated into seven languages. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Books Are My Bag Awards, longlisted for the Aspen Words Prize, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Awards finalist and won the Forward Reviews Editor’s Choice Award.

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Age: 15+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free