James Bradley in Conversation with Iain McCalman


The word ‘Anthropocene’ highlights the dominance of human agency in climate change. Human beings are a force of nature and if we can change nature – we can save the planet in the Anthropocenic era.

In this video, Iain McCalman converses with author James Bradley about his novel Clade, and its Anthropocenic milieu. James is asked: what are the challenges of a fiction writer writing about the Anthropocene? (0:20)

James also touches on the claim that all fiction is Anthropocene fiction now (2:40). And explains that fiction writers don’t need to be specifically environmental to be writing in and about the Anthropocene as the Anthropocene is all-engulfing and permeates everything.


James Bradley is a novelist and critic. His books include the novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and most recently Clade, which was shortlisted for a number of major literary awards, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year, and he has been shortlisted for this year’s Bragg Prize for Science Writing. His first book for younger readers, The Altered Child, will be published in 2017.

The Global Ecologies – Local Impacts Conference was held at the University of Sydney on 23 – 25 November, 2016.

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