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Wed, 14 Jun


The Small City Bookshop

I Want a Better Catastrophe with Andrew Boyd

Join for a talk by lifelong activist Andrew Boyd for the UK launch for his new book. Navigating the climate crisis with grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor

I Want a Better Catastrophe with Andrew Boyd
I Want a Better Catastrophe with Andrew Boyd

Time & Location

14 Jun 2023, 19:00 – 20:30

The Small City Bookshop, 201 Church Rd, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9HL, UK

About the event

An existential manual for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate doomers. With global warming projected to rocket past the 1.5C limit, lifelong activist Andrew Boyd is thrown into a crisis of hope, and off on a quest to learn how to live with the "impossible news" of our climate doom. 

He searches out eight of today's leading climate thinkers - from activist Tim DeChristopher to collapse-psychologist Jamey Hecht, grassroots strategist adrienne maree brown, eco-philosopher Joana Macy, and Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer - asking them: "Is it really the end of the world? and if so, now what?"

With gallows humor and a broken heart, Boyd steers readers through their climate angst as he walks his own. Boyd's journey takes him from storm-battered coastlines to pipeline blockades and "hopelessness workshops." Along the way, he maps out our existential options, and tackles some familiar dilemmas: "Should I bring kids into such a world?" "Can I lose hope when others can't afford to?" and "Why the fuck am I recycling?"He finds answers that will surprise, inspire, and maybe even make you laugh. Drawing on wisdom traditions Eastern, Western, and Indigenous, Boyd crafts an insightful and irreverent guide for achieving a "better catastrophe."This is vital reading for everyone navigating climate anxiety and grief as our world hurtles towards an unthinkable crisis.


  • Ticket Only

    Includes a free drink + £5 can be redeemed against the price of the book.

    +£0.13 service fee
  • Ticket + Hardback

    Includes a free drink + pre-order of I want a Better Catastrophe by Andrew Boyd.

    +£0.55 service fee



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