Feature Articles / Writing the Future: Chains of Consequence
By Kate Mildenhall
‘At times the moral weight of imagining a future world feels a lot. As the creator of such a world, do I hope to be right or wrong? Is it more ethical to imagine a utopia or dystopia? What responsibility do I have for bringing into being a future scenario that is possible or hopeful, even if it’s just on the page?’
Feature Articles / To Write the Future, Make a Connection
By Bastian Fox Phelan
‘I’m not trying to say everything, or say something important about climate change and how it will affect the places I’m writing about and what we need to do, now, to save those places for future generations. I’m just trying to make a connection, to give these places texture and emotion. You don’t have to write about ‘the future’ to write the future. Writing about the present inevitably shapes the future. It’s what gives the future substance.’
Feature Articles / Writing the Future: Disability and Resilience
By Jessica White
‘What if systems were created to ensure that disabled people were put first, and not last? What kind of world would exist if disability was taken for granted, rather than tacked on? Let’s write some stories to find out.’
Feature Articles / Why I Write The Future
By Bruce McCabe
‘I am no great writer. The victories are small, the learning immense. Sometimes I hit a nerve and sometimes I don’t. But I’m stuck with it, driven by it, addicted to it, haunted and enraged by it, and if I am so lucky, I’ll keep doing it. I have to. And that – as best and as truthfully as I can explain – is why I write the future.’
Feature Articles / Writing A Future Self (or against permanence)
By Ellen van Neerven
I believe our mental instability and persistent dissatisfaction in life can be attributed in part to being writers – the anxiety about a permanence that can never be perfect. We live with our past selves in print— yet we are allowed to grow. At any chance we are given. How do we write a self that will continue to expand and twirl across the eons of our limited time?
Feature Articles / Writing the Future: Excavating the future
By James Bradley
There is something unsettling, even uncanny, about the feeling the future is already here, a sense in which the boundary between now and what is to come is becoming porous, as if we are caught in a world of hauntings, or perhaps we ourselves are the hauntings in a world we no longer recognise.
Feature Articles / Writing the Future: a thinning forest
By Inga Simpson
I write nature. Or, more correctly, it writes me. My creativity stems from my connection to landscape and my relationship with the natural world. It is source and subject – who I am, how I write, and how I live my life.