The stories we tell about bushfire are changing. Our writers have been grappling with its link to climate crisis for years
Fifteen years ago the renowned nature writer Robert Macfarlane lamented “the deficiency of a creative response” to climate crisis. Novels, art, music, poetry and other cultural products were “urgently needed” so that the crisis, its causes and its consequences could be “debated, sensed and communicated”.
In Australia ever since, even as our government repeatedly rejects the connections between human activity and increasingly catastrophic events in the natural world, artists have been heeding that call.