Can a Book Change the World? David Holmgren & Cate Kennedy

August 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Join leading writer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren as he explores the power of ecological writing in our transition to a carbon-positive, low-energy future. In conversation with acclaimed writer Cate Kennedy (The World Beneath), Holmgren unpacks his own writing life and its influence on society, following his remarkable trajectory from the ground-breaking publication of Permaculture One in 1978 to international best-seller Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability (2002) and now to his acclaimed new book, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future (2018).

Lively music by Charlie McGee of Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Come along to listen to two of Australia’s most vital and thought-provoking writers.


David Holmgren (image credit Stu Morley)

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept following the publication of “Permaculture One” in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected writer and thought-provoking speaker promoting permaculture lifestyle as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as ongoing home and teaching involvements in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability that are highlighted in his writing and independent publishing. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues but always illuminating another aspect of permaculture thinking. Key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009) and most recently, RetroSuburbia; the downshifter guide to a resilient future (2018). At home, David lives with his partner Su Dennett on their permaculture property and demonstration site, Melliodora in Hepburn, Victoria.



Price: $10/$5 conc

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If those restrictions are lifted, we will release the remaining tickets 2 weeks before the festival.

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Town Hall
74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.