Episode 173: Interview with Scottish author Martin MacInnes on contemporary literature and the climate crisis

In-depth, frank, and fascinating exploration of contemporary literature’s response to current environmental crises, with contemporary Scottish author Martin MacInnes, author of the recently published, In Ascension. Martin believes that literature can help us understand our relationship with nature better and shares his interest in extending the formal possibilities of literature. He suggests literature should not be limited to traditional forms and structures but should explore new ways of storytelling, for example, using non-linear narratives or multiple perspectives to explore environmental themes, to create compelling stories that challenge readers’ assumptions and encourage them to think critically about their relationship with nature.


Martin MacInnes is a Scottish writer of experimental and science fiction novels. He won the Somerset Maugham Award for his debut novel, Infinite Ground (2016. His second novel, Gathering Evidence, was published in 2020 and earned him a place on the Guardian/British Council’s list of ten writers shaping the UK’s future. His latest novel, In Ascension, which came out recently, is a exploration of some of the deep philosophical questions of our time, delving into the secrets of the ocean and the cosmos, and our relationship with nature.