In a not-to-be-missed Festival highlight, Nell Zink delivers an address about how – as midnight draws nearer on the Doomsday Clock – writers might look to the intrinsic tragedy and renewal of nature for inspiration. In a timely and stirring talk, the author of Doxology, Mislaid and The Wallcreeper examines the endless struggle, succession and dynamism of the natural world, and asks if it is possible to write fiction set in the present without hypothesising about the future of the planet.

Nell Zink (International)

Nell Zink

Nell Zink is an American who has lived in Germany for 20 years and came to publishing late in life. Her novels include The Wallcreeper, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, the National Book Award nominated Mislaid, Nicotine, and most recently the indie-rock epic Doxology. Her short pieces have appeared in n+1, Harper's and Granta.