A short biography
Michael Burnett was born in August 1987, and grew up in Birmingham, England. He spent three years in West Africa between the ages of seven and ten, living with his parents and three siblings in Burkina Faso and attending boarding school in the neighbouring country, Cote D'Ivoire. He currently works as a third sector bid writer, raising money for small charities supporting vulnerable individuals both in England and Kenya.
Perhaps inspired by the difficult but honest lives of the subsistence farmers of Burkina Faso, Michael began to show an interest in the complex relationship between human beings and the natural world as a teenager. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Landscape Management at Manchester University in 2009, returning to academia to study Zero Carbon Architecture at Birmingham City University at postgraduate level in 2013.
By then, Michael had been writing short stories and poetry for three years, this early body of work tending towards the bleak, the surreal, and the obliquely philosophical. Several of of these stories have been published in literary journals (most recently 'An Island of Water', which was published in Between These Shores magazine in 2019), and they can all be found in one place inside the pages of Chrysalis: A Journey Through the Dark.
More recently, Michael's attention has shifted to climate fiction in response to growing concerns about the climate crisis all over the world. In 2019, Michael produced a collection of climate short stories, entitled Crisis: A Climate Fiction Collection.
See the 'Other Books' tab for more information about Crisis and Chrysalis.
Michael has recently completed his debut novel, The Undercurrent, which is a thriller set in the present that explores the subject of eco-activism amidst the unfolding climate crisis. The Undercurrent is due to be released on the 1st July 2020 via Melting Tundra Publishing: www.meltingtundra.com.