Keith Farnish


Keith Farnish is a writer, volunteer and activist who, in a former life, was an IT professional. He lives in the Borders of Scotland with his wife and two children.

He has been involved in environmental issues for a long time - for a large part of that as an active member of various environmental organisations, before becoming disillusioned with the mainstream environmental movement. He is continually striving to minimise his impact on the natural world.

Keith founded The Earth Blog in 2006, intended as a source of inspiration for people who want to be challenged, and offering uncompromising solutions to difficult problems. He also became a regular contributor to high-profile websites including Culture Change, Resilience and Nature Bats Last, and founded the Unsuitablog, which became a highly influential anti-greenwashing hub.

In 2009, his first non-fiction book, “Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis” was published by Green Books, and rapidly became a classic of the anti-civilization genre, particularly in the USA. His second book “Underminers: A Guide to Subverting The Machine” follows up on the work started by Time’s Up! in a more practical vein. It was published by New Society in 2013.

He made the decision to become a storyteller, after about a decade in radical environmental activism. The move to fiction was inspired by the deep connections he's continually trying to create between people and the natural world in his daily life. A serial volunteer in his Scottish Borders village, he is also a bushcraft teacher who encourages young people to get out into the real world. Where he lives, and the people around him both inspire Keith's writing.

Smashwords Interview

What is Almost Gone about?
If it's about anything, it's the need for connection to the real world, and how things can go terribly wrong when humans lose that connection. The theme crosses the entire Conorol Trilogy, but in Almost Gone it is hidden for much of the book because the culture and people we are being introduced to have never known what it is like to be disconnected. I don't want to give too much of the story away, suffice to say, there are three main characters who are each on their own journeys, through life and the landscape they cross in the search for answers to what is happening to the world in which they live. They each experience joy and pain, and discover far more about themselves and the world they are moving through than they could ever have expected.
Why did you choose to publish Almost Gone as an Ebook?
When you have to wait for months, and sometimes years, for an agent to decide your book is worth sending to a publisher, who then might decide it's just not what is currently selling - which, to be honest, is usually driven by publishers anyway - then it's easy to decide to go ahead and self-publish. But I love the printed word, to the extent that I don't think I could do my book justice as a paper copy. On the other hand, I do want people to read my books, so the Ebook is a compromise - it's there for people to read, but the manuscript is still available if a publisher wants to take me on.
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Where to find Keith Farnish online


Other Worlds
You set the price! Words: 52,310. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Set in a place that may be familiar to many, in a time that could be now, but within a culture untouched by civilisation, the second part of the Conorol Trilogy, Other Worlds, is the story of one family and one community trying to cope with, and resist terrible changes that are tearing at the heart of their culture.
Almost Gone
You set the price! Words: 52,170. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
UPDATE: All profits from this eBook will go to Survival International Almost Gone is a story about three ordinary people searching for answers in a threatened world. As Caeleb, Merod and Eoran travel their own paths, they discover secrets about themselves, each other and the place in which they live, but can they find a way of stopping what is causing these terrible things to happen?

Keith Farnish's tag cloud

abuse    change    conflict    connection    ecology    family    industrialisation    journey    nature    romance    society    supernatural    trauma    tribal    tribal fiction