Queer and ecological theory have something fundamental in common: they question what is ‘natural’. Queer ecology emerges from this mutual questioning as a way of yoking together concerns about intimacy/relationality and collaboration, space, politics and identity. The central text was Derek Jarman’s diary, Modern Nature
: a book which brings together everyday musings on gardening, sexuality and friendship, filmmaking and art, residing near a nuclear power station and living and dying with Aids. A+ E discussed along with poet Callie Gardner and tutor and writer Felicity Anderson-Nathan, how Jarman’s focus on the pleasures and pains of daily life allows us to negotiate the queer art of thriving and surviving on a damaged planet.