The Worcester-born and home counties-educated Paul Kingsnorth is, to date, the only member of the Booker Prize fraternity also to be a member of the Lani tribe of western Papua New Guinea.
Kingsnorth tribal status was endowed as a result of his campaigning on behalf of the provinces of Papua and West Papua to secede from Indonesia. Campaigning is his métier: as a younger man he was involved with road protest groups and was arrested for chaining himself to a bridge. He has worked for Greenpeace, OpenDemocracy and EarthAction and in 2001 was named one of Britain’s ‘top ten troublemakers’ by the New Statesman. He was also a founder of the Dark Mountain Project, a group of artists and writers who challenge the traditional mores of civilisation.