Inside RetroSuburbia: the making of a book

August 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Join David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator, and his project team in open discussion about the remarkable journey to create his new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future. An intense collaborative process with a small team of committed individuals, contributions from a wide group of supporters, micro-publishing, a commitment to local printing, and the avoidance of big multi-national retail chains all challenge existing book conventions and ensure that the book ‘walks the talk’. The writer, editor, illustrator, photographer, designer and publisher will share their experiences and passion for the project.

MC and lively music by Charlie McGee of Formidable Vegetable Sound System.



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: $5 donation

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only releasing 50% of tickets now.

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

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Radius Art Space in Hepburn Springs
76 Main Rd. Hepburn Springs,
Vic 3461 Australia


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