Mark O'Connell in conversation with Michaela Kalowski
Mark O'Connell + Michaela Kalowski
#About the event
In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined men and women are getting ready.
They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll. One thing unites them: their certainty that we are only years away from the end of civilization as we know it.
Not unconcerned himself by the possibility of the end of days, Mark O’Connell set out to meet them.
Mark O'Connell is the author of To Be a Machine which was awarded the 2019 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize and short-listed for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He lives in Dublin.
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator and curator for writers and ideas festivals. In 2022 she's curator of International Author events for Brisbane Writers Festival and curator of ABC RN's on-air writers festival, Big Weekend of Books. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas and The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs across ABC radio. Recent interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Trent Dalton and Robert Jones Jr.
Her website is www.michaelakalowski.com.