I work in the area of sustainability and it’s a bit of a tightrope. The more you know the scarier it is. Like the sun, you can’t look too closely at it, but face to one side, you make your way, because in fact it’s easy to put everything right. All the solutions are right here, they just have to catch on. Walking lightly and mindfully upon the earth is so doable. I started writing as therapy, with green solutions as the main ingredient, stories to soothe my soul. Then my characters and their stories took over centre stage, leaving the green solutions to season the stew.
I set up the series of free Green Stories writing competitions in 2018 to inspire writers to create positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like, to tell stories that showcase solutions, not just problems. Habitat Man began as an effort to illustrate what a solution-based approach might look like, and then took on a life of its own. At my characters’ insistence, I’m now working on the sequel.
My day job is Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Southampton. You can find out about my academic publications, research and projects here. In addition to my academic publications, I wrote the script for a musical Fidel that was performed in London in 2016, and have written three other screenplays (Knickers, World Cup Wendy and Fidel Castro: My New Boyfriend).
Habitat Man is my first novel. Thank you to all the wonderful people, projects and organisations that inspired this work of mostly fiction. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.