Introducing the Climate Fiction Writers League

I’m very excited to be launching something I’ve been working on for a while now – a database of over fifty internationally published authors writing fiction about climate change.

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My next two novels are climate fiction, and during my research I’ve found a distinct lack of comprehensive resources about other eco-novels. My hope is that the website, climate-fiction.org, will be helpful for teachers and librarians compiling lists of climate fiction, and looking for authors who can speak on environmental topics.

Members include Marcus Sedgwick, Rebecca Roanhorse, Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Laura Lam, James Bradley, Sarah Crossan, S. J. Morden, Emmi Itäranta, Piers Torday and Julie Bertagna, as well as many other authors located in China, Vietnam, Australia, the USA, Canada and Great Britain – explore them all here. If you’re an author writing about climate change, please get in touch to be added to the website.

The site will also include a newsletter released every two weeks of essays about writing and climate activism; interviews with authors of new releases; and a round-up of climate news. Please subscribe if you’d like to be kept up to date – it launches this week with an essay by Marcus Sedgwick and interview with Cara Hoffman. Upcoming topics include ‘How to Build a Solarpunk City’, ‘Connecting with Nature and Rewilding’, ‘Antarctica and environmentalism in fiction’ and ‘Queer people after the apocalypse’.

The League was inspired by a similar writing collective, the Women Writers Suffrage League, formed in 1908 by activists, who said, “A body of writers working for a common cause cannot fail to influence public opinion.”

The Climate Fiction Writers League are a group of authors who believe in the necessity of climate action, immediately and absolutely. Fiction is one of the best ways to inspire passion, empathy and action in readers. Our works raise awareness of climate change, and encourage action at the individual, corporate and government levels.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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