No More Fairy Tales: Stories to Save Our Planet

I run the Green Stories project and our aim is to move beyond preaching to the converted to share climate solutions using fiction. A key goal is to encourage writers to create positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like and how we might get there. This year we have been working with

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Anthology of Short Stories for COP27

I’m taking time off writing the sequel to Habitat Man to co-ordinate an anthology of climate solutions wrapped in short stories targeted at COP27 delegates. The idea is to bring together climate experts and experienced writers to promote green solutions in an engaging short story. I’ll be writing a few myself and here is the

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Research for book reveals plastic-backed meadow mat

Now spring is approaching, and we start to think about our gardens, watch out for plastic-backed meadow mats. Many people buy wildflower turf or meadow mats thinking they are helping nature and improving biodiversity, but they don’t realise that almost all of them have plastic backing. Suppliers say they break down, but they don’t, they

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A tribute to the self-publishing community

My venture into indie authorship has been an up and down road. The strange peace of the first lockdown spring. Long, thoughtful walks by the river watching nature, dreaming up characters, musing over plot lines, imaginary conversations in my head. Sideways looks from other walkers wondering who the strange person was laughing to herself and

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Christmas Blog: Green Santa

I love to write stories that have a benign effect on the environment and I set up the free Green Stories writing competitions to encourage more writers to do the same. But Father Christmas is probably the biggest example of a fictional story that has had a widespread negative impact on the environment, encouraging widespread

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So, Habitat Man went on tour…

This December my book Habitat Man went on tour (well, at least virtually)! The book passed through the desks of lots of different book bloggers who read and reviewed the books. Here are a few highlights in case you missed it! I’d like to say thanks to EVERYONE that took part in the tour! –

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Help choose audio clip for Audible

I have to choose a short clip of <5 minutes to accompany the audio version of Habitat Man. I’d welcome your opinions. Please listen to these below and email me at Hello@DABaden.com or leave a comment with your view. I’m so excited the audio book will be out soon, but it’s tricky choosing the right

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November: a month of podcasts

This month has been busy with podcasts and events. I was delighted to speak with Joanna Penn on the Creative Penn podcast earlier this month https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/11/19/writing-for-the-environment/. We talked about sustainability in the book industry, how to write eco-fiction without being preachy and the upcoming Orna Ross Green Stories novel prize coming up end of December

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Reading of chapter 35 by Prof Dave Goulson

Listen to Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at Sussex University, founder of the BumbleBee Conservation Trust and author of numerous best sellers such as The Garden Jungle: Or Gardening to Save the Planet reading chapter 35 of Habitat Man. Caution: there are some slight spoilers.