Wed, 12 August 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Building For the End Times

Bradley Garrett in conversation with Robert Macfarlane

Urban explorer Bradley Garrett and award-winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane explore the growing global movement ‘prepping’ for social and environmental collapse.

When he began his investigation of the men and women building bunkers to survive an apocalypse, Bradley Garrett could not have imagined he would finish it in the early days of a global pandemic, when all of us – whether or not we were prepared – would soon be locked down for months in our own homes.
Today, the bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears: not only of pandemics but climate change and nuclear war. And once you look, it doesn’t take long to start seeing bunkers everywhere.
From the ‘dread merchants’ hustling safe spaces in the American mid-West to eco-fortresses in Thailand, from geoscrapers to armoured mobile bunkers, Bradley joins How To Academy to tell a deeply disturbing story from the frontlines of the way we live now: an illuminating reflection on our age of disquiet and dread that brings it into new, sharp focus.
In this conversation with the award-winning nature writer and Cambridge fellow Robert Macfarlane, Garrett will show us that the bunker is all around us: in malls, airports, gated communities, the vehicles we drive. Most of all, it’s in our minds.
This event is held in partnership with 5×15.

Bradley Garrett

University College Dublin geographer and urban explorer who climbed London’s Shard before its public opening.

Bradley Garrett is a geographer and urban explorer based at University College Dublin, and is ‘the world’s leading expert on survivalists’ (the Times). His work has been featured on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC. Garrett was a postdoctoral fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and has spoken at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries, the Sydney Opera House and Google. He climbed London’s Shard before it was open to the public.

Robert Macfarlane

Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and award-winning author of Mountains of the Mind.

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the MindThe Wild PlacesThe Old WaysLandmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017 he was awarded the E.M. Forster Award for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.