Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

We Are A Many-Bodied Singing Thing

Location: The Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AH

Date: Friday 20th March

Time: 6.30-8.30pm


Book launch: We Are A Many-Bodied Singing Thing.

A new sci-fi and speculative anthology inspired by endangered species and the people saving them.


Writing has always helped us to imagine possibilities for ourselves and the world around us. We wanted to imagine a future for England’s most endangered plants and animals – to explore how human and more-than-human beings relate to each other, and ways that we can live together better.

To do this, we asked writers to take inspiration from two Back From The Brink conservation projects: the Willow Tit Project, who are protecting this little bird and its post-industrial habitats, and Ancients of the Future, who are working to protect 28 threatened species which live in ancient trees.

The resulting anthology is tender, fierce, wondering, sad, and ultimately hopeful. We hear the voices of the animals and plants, see a thousand years into the future through the growth of moss, and experience several metamorphoses.

Please join us to celebrate the publication of the book and show your love for these endangered creatures – have a glass of wine, hear readings from the contributors, and pick up your free copy.


Edited by Linden Katherine McMahon for Back From The Brink.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and the People’s Postcode Lottery