Exhibition by Greg Tricker

/content/16/1316 Do go and see this wonderful exhibition by Greg Tricker at Gloucester Cathedral 5th March – 5th May. We publish a fantastic book of some of Greg’s paintings, Francis of Assisi – Paintings For Our Time. Click here for further information about the event.

Lynn Sloman speaking at Velo City conference in Seville

/content/68/2268Lynn Sloman, author of Car Sick, is a plenary speaker at the Velo City 2011 conference, Seville, Spain on March 23 – 25. Come along and see how Seville has inverted priorities in favour of sustainable transport and made a significant contribution to the necessary battle against climate change. Click here for further information.

Ken Thompson to talk at the Eden Project

/content/59/1259Ken Thompson will be talking at the Eden Project on Thursday 7th April, at 6pm in the Foundation Building. Ken’s talk – “Do We Need Pandas?” will be based on his latest book published by Green Books and examines “the uncomfortable truth about biodiversity”. If you are interested in attending this free event please contact the Eden Friends team on: or 01726 811932. Please note that this event has limited capacity and whilst Eden will do their best to accommodate everyone who is interested priority for bookings will be given to Eden Friends.

Dave Hamilton at Bristol’s Garden Life Show

/content/56/2256Dave - author of Grow Your Food for Free (well almost), will be appearing on both days (16th & 17th April ) as a panelist on their Gardener’s Question Time. Grow the passion for your garden – The Bristol Garden Life Show will give visitors the opportunity to view gardens, talk to experts and buy plants and shrubs. The event will include everything for outdoor life, from conservatories and wood burners to picnic items and sculptures. Local schools will also be involved in a special competition. There will also be displays, talks and advice from gardening experts. Click here for further details.

The Tagore Festival

Taste of TagorIn April we’re publishing A Taste of Tagore compiled by Meron Shapland. This coincides with UNESCO’s declaration of 2011 as the Year of Tagore. The Gitanjali Tagore 150 Project, a People’s Festival of Arts and Culture, will take place at Dartington Hall from May 1-7, 2011, with speakers including Deepak Chopra, Tim Smit, Mark Tully, with poetry from our wonderful Matt Harvey (author of Where Earwigs Dare). Click here to find out more about the festival. 

Launch of Grow Your Food for Free (well, almost)

The launch of Grow Your Food for Free (well, almost) by Dave Hamilton at Totnes Bookshop was packed out and enjoyed by everyone.  We'll try to put a link to the recording of Dave's talk on the site soon. 

The book is packed with great money-saving ideas for your garden, with practical advice on everything from making a bug hotel to growing food in a sack, and would make a great present if you can bear to give a copy away.  

Call in to the Totnes Bookshop or give them a ring if you would like to get hold of a copy - 01803 863273.

Charles Dowding speaking at the Sunrise Festival

Charles DowdingCharles will be giving at talk at the Sunrise Festival in Bruton on 3rd June at 4pm.

For more details, please click here.

Charles Dowding speaking at Green Scythe Fair

Charles DowdingCharles Dowding will be giving a talk at approx. mid-day at the Green Scythe Fair, Muchelney on Sunday 12th June.

For more details, click here.

Charles Dowding gives a course on growing winter vegetables

Charles DowdingCharles Dowding to run a course in Dunkeswell in Devon between 10am and 4pm on 14th June on Growing Winter Vegetables.

For more details, click here. (Scroll down to the date)

Dave Hamilton Free Workshop

Dave Hamilton Publicity 1June 28th 6-7pm at The Lamb with Totnes Healthy Futures is a workshop with Dave for free, on propagating herbs from seed and cuttings and making herbal teas.
Please contact Catherine Munroe for more details or to reserve your place - info.totneshealthyfutures(at)

Charles Dowding gives a salad demonstration

Charles DowdingCharles Dowding is giving a salad demonstration in Bristol as part of the BBQ Festival.

For more information, please click here.

Green Books to have a dedicated gardening day at the Ways With Words festival

Green Books Ways With Words AuthorsGreen Books are hosting a number of gardening themed events as part of the Ways With Words Literature Festival at Dartington Hall on Saturday 16th July.

10am - Composting with Nicky Scott. Nicky explains how creating the ideal environment to multiply micro-organisms will ultimately enrich the soil and thus the health of plants and people. Learn the 'compost Mantra'. More Heston Blumenthal and less Delia Smith!

11.30am - Polytunnels: One Step Towards Self-Sufficiency with Mark Gatter and Andy McKee. Polytunnels can be used to grow masses of summer produce, but Mark Gatter and Andy McKee look at the wider applications of this valuable gardening resource to produce food in the winter, shelter livestock and provide food to trade with your neighbours.

2.30pm - Green Books Kitchen Gardeners' Forum with Charles Dowding, Dave Hamilton, Nicky Scott, Ben Pike, Mark Gatter and Andy McKee. Green Books are publishing a growing list of gardening experts. This unique event allows keen gardeners to put their questions to the experts covering a range of subjects including organic gardening, gardening on a budget, self sufficiency, compost, fruit trees and growing in polytunnels.
Please submit your questions in advance to

4pm - Organic Gardening with Charles Dowding. Charles describes his experience of growing vegetables without digging and explains his dig/no dig experiment, now in it's fifth year. He offers ideas for producing a range of vegetables throughout the winter.

5.30pm - Money-saving Gardening with Dave Hamilton. Dave suggests ways to save money throughout the growing season from seed saving to planting and harvesting. He will give some lighthearted and amusing insights into the writing process.

All events take place in the Upper Gatehouse at Dartington Hall
Individual event tickets are £6
A day ticket covering all of the events is also available at £20
To book tickets, click the link or phone 01803 867373

Click here to view the festival programme

Open Afternoon at Lower Farm

Charles DowdingCharles Dowding is opening up his wonderful garden in an open day to the public on Sunday 21st August between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Charles gardens using a no-dig approach and his gardens really are wonderful to see, and you will be amazed. We thoroughly recommend that if you love gardening, Charles' gardens are well worth a look.

For more information, please click here.

Dave Hamilton Wild Food Events

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Throughout September and October, Dave will be conducting a number of Wild Food Identification walks, workshops and courses in various locations.

Dates confirmed are as follows:

16th September - Wild Food cookery demo at Salisbury Food Festival

18th September – Mushroom and Wild Food ID Workshop – Totnes

29th September - Wild Food ID Course - Oxford

8th October – Wild Food ID Course – Northampton

9th October – Wild Food ID Course – Oxford

15th October – Wild Food ID Course - Bath

16th October – Wild Science Course – Totnes

29th October – Mushroom and Wild Food ID Workshop – Totnes

For more details and costs on all the events and to book your place, please visit Dave's website - click here

Gaia's Kitchen meets Gaia's Garden

Gaias Kitchen Gaias GardenSeptember 13-16, 2011
September is a month of abundance for gardeners and for food lovers. Every year the College finds new and inspiring ways to work with the wide variety of seasonal produce grown locally and in the College gardens. Out of this seasonal plenty our team of celebrated cooks and gardeners conjure up delicious meals, soups, preserves, and baked products which are internationally renowned.

The course is designed for anyone who is interested in how to prepare a wide variety of healthy, great tasting delicacies, using new recipes and new techniques.

This course provides an opportunity to:

  • Learn from award winning cookery Author Julia Ponsonby and Catering Manager Wayne Schroeder
  • Understand where good food can lead to a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Learn from Author Dave Hamilton about edible produce that can be found in hedgerows, woodlands and forest gardens.
  • Enjoy being with other lovers of good food.
  • Reflect on your relationship with food.

Gaia's Kitchen with Julia Ponsonby

Schumacher College’s cookbook Gaia’s Kitchen, has not been out of print since it was first published in 2000. In 2001 Julia Ponsonby was awarded The Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best vegetarian cookbook. The College’s second cookbook is well on the way to completion, and you will be able to try out some of the new recipes, working alongside Wayne and Julia.


Julia PonsonbyJulia Ponsonby, Senior Caterer Julia coordinates catering at the college two days a week. She has been at the College since the beginning and occupied various roles including being a participant on the first College course (Gaia Theory 1991). Before the birth of Julia’s son Oscar in 2001, she worked full time as the Catering Manager and put together the college cookbook Gaia’s Kitchen which won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best vegetarian cookbook.

Wayne Schroeder, Catering Manager Wayne oversees catering at the College. He started working in January 2001 and has the challenge of keeping the College on the cutting edge of food policy with regard to organic, fair-trade and local ingredients. He used to work as a food technologist for a Marks & Spencer based company in South Africa where he grew up and also trained and worked as a chef and cheese-maker in Scotland and as a baker in Switzerland. Wayne lived at Findhorn for 11 years where he underwent a process of learning to serve. His service now involves inspiring others to consider sustainability issues through food, both within the College, in other organisations and the wider community.

Dave Hamilton Publicity 2Dave Hamilton For quite some time food has been Dave Hamilton’s passion. He began baking cakes as soon as he could pick up a spoon to stir the mixture. Dave is now a qualified horticulturalist, a food writer and a vegetable grower. He teaches on the sustainable horticulture courses run at the College and also runs courses teaching about wild food where he has led groups at the Eden Project and for the National Trust. He has also recently written Grow your food for free …well almost published by Green Books. Dave is co-founder and creator of and co-wrote The Selfsufficientish Bible along with his brother Andy.

Course fees: £300

To find out more about this course:

Tel:+44 (0)1803 865934

Making the Most of Your Glorious Glut

Making the most of your glorious glutHave you ever found yourself with too much fruit or vegetables, perhaps from your allotment, from family and friends – or even from an over-zealous pick-your-own trip?

Then come and listen to Abingdon author Jackie Sherman at St Ethelwold’s House on Wed, Sep 14 at 7.30pm. Jackie is the author of the newly published ‘Making the most of your Glorious Glut’, a recipe book that focuses on using all those home-grown vegetables and fruit. The event is being held jointly with Abingdon Carbon Cutters – a local group committed to promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

Jackie will be discussing how to turn a glut into a gourmet feast, with plenty of tips for making a whole meal – from starter through main course, side dishes, dessert – even drinks from home-grown produce.

If you want to learn how to pickle, preserve, juice and bottle, as well as find delicious recipes from everything from teabreads to lettuce soup – here are 250 ideas to use all that lovely fresh produce in new and exciting ways. With her help, you can find ways to go on enjoying the fruits of your harvest for many months to come.

Tickets are £3, redeemable against a copy of the book on the evening – available from Mostly Books on 01235 525880.

Rob Hopkins to speak at Interrogate Festival

Rob HopkinsRob Hopkins to speak at the Interrogate Festival, the UKs first festival for social justice.

Great Hall Debate: Yes we can?
Melissa Benn, Rob Hopkins, Adrian Jackson and Mark Williamson
Some responses to income inequality How can us everyday folk take a stand against inequality? Four pithy provocations from big-hitting thinkers and activists. Plus your chance to have your say on how to make a difference.

For more information and to book tickets to the Interrogate Festival, click here.

The Transition Companion Launch

Transition CompanionTuesday 4th October.  Totnes Civic Hall.  7.30pm.  Free.

In 2008, 'The Transition Handbook' was launched in the Civic Hall, and has gone on to sell over 25,000 copies and inspire an international movement.  Its sequel, produced through a collaborative process involving thousands of people, reweaves the Transition model, is packed with inspiring stories and tools.  Rob will introduce it, so please join him to welcome 'The Transition Companion' into the world!

If you would like to attend this event, please email Stacey Hedge with number of attendees.

Schumacher Centenary Festival

EFS2.gifThe Schumacher Centenary Festival

Time For a New Direction

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th October, Bristol

A weekend celebrating the life and vision of E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed and pioneer of green economics.

 Saturday 8th October - Colston Hall (10am – 5:30pm) 

A packed day of lectures, workshops and an evening concert.

The annual Schumacher Lectures have been held in Bristol since 1978 – and this year, they are returning to their original venue, Bristol’s Colston Hall – recently transformed with a brand new multi-level foyer.

Not only will we be presenting probably our finest – and largest – selection of speakers ever, but the day will be capped with a very special world music concert, with an incredible line-up from Africa, India and the UK.

Colston Hall (7:30 – 10:30pm)  - Concert

‘Small World’ – the cream of world roots musicians to help us celebrate – from India, Trilok Gurtu plus Johnny Kalsi and the Dhol Foundation; from Senegal, kora player Seckou Keita; the Celtic band Mabon; and Bristol’s own Patrick Duff.

Sunday 9th October - @Bristol, the Watershed and Other Harbourside Venues 

Opening keynote (10:30am)

Vandana Shiva – India’s great champion of the developing world’s farmers and their crops

Then, a day of workshops and films:

Towards a Guild of Green Economists - Molly Scott Cato
Citizen Science - David Gee (European Environment Agency)
Local & Renewable Energy – Juliet Davenport (Good Energy) & CAT
Common Cause - Tom Crompton (WWF)
The Work That Re-connects – Lisbet Michelson, Meretta Hart
The Regenerative City - Herbert Girardet

Film Premieres ‘The Four Horsemen’, ‘Animate Earth’, ‘Future of Hope’ and ‘Voices of Transition’

For more information on the festival and for a list of speakers (including Green Books authors Rob Hopkins, Satish Kumar and Matt Harvey), click here.

The Schumacher Briefing, Small is Beautiful in the 21st Century is being published by Green Books to coincide with this event. The biography of Schumacher, written by his eldest daughter, Alias Papa, is currently available from Green Books.

The Transition Companion London Launch

Transition CompanionWe are delighted to announce the London launch of The Transition Companion. It will take place on Wednesday 12 October at Food from the Sky, a brilliant urban food-growing initiative on the roof of the Budgens supermarket at Crouch End in London. It describes itself as “a Permaculture community garden growing food to sell in the supermarket below while providing a learning and educational space for the different part of the communities. We are growing vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and herbs grown to organic standard with children and other members of our diverse community – sold through the store 8 metres below”. We’ll be holding a lunchtime launch there from 1pm to 2.30pm. There’ll be a welcome from Food from the Sky co-creator and project leader Azul-Valerie Thome, and I’ll talk a bit about the book. Here’s a short film about Food from the Sky:

All are welcome. The event is free. Directions to Food from the Sky can be found here. Copies of The Transition Companion will be available to buy, your first opportunity outside of the Totnes launch to get a copy. I’ll be there to sign copies as well if you’d like that. There is no cover, so if the weather looks inclement, bring a brolly. It should be great, an opportunity to see what has become a landmark innovative urban agriculture project, and to hear about Transition and to celebrate the birth of the new Transition book while looking out over all those neglected London roofs that don’t have food gardens on them. See you there . . .

Transition Companion Twitter Launch

Rob HopkinsAre you inspired by the Transition movement? Do you have a burning question for the Transition movement founder, Rob Hopkins? Or do you simply want to find out more?

Join us for a Twitter launch with Rob Hopkins on Thursday 13 October 2011. Rob will be available to answer questions about himself and the Transition movement between 2pm and 5pm. All you have to do to take part is use the hash tag #TTComp on Twitter to post your comment or question.

Rob's new book, The Transition Companion, will be available exclusively through from this date until the official publication date of 27 October. You can order your pre-publication copy and then pop over to Twitter to get Rob to dedicate your copy.

Can't make it? Don't worry, as you can still use the hash tag #TTComp to post your questions. Rob will be answering the questions during the session and then we will post a transcript of the entire session, to make sure that no-one misses out.

Events with Ben Pike, author of The Fruit Tree Handbook

Ben Pike

Ben Pike, author of The Fruit Tree Handbook, will be speaking at the following events:

Sat 15th October 2011

Eggesford Garden Centre, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon  Apple and Cider Fair 11am to 4pm

More information:    Website

Sun 16th October 2011

Sharpham Apple Pressing Day and Autumn Festival, Sharpham, Totnes, Devon  11am to 4pm

More information:    Website
Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd October

Brogdale Farm, Faversham, Kent (home of the National Fruit Collection)  10am to 5pm  (tbc)

More information:    Website

London Transition Groups Gathering

london transition gathering and transition companion event.pngLondon Transition Groups Gathering with Rob Hopkins to talk about his new book, The Transition Companion.

GLA, Rooms 4&5, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Thursday 1st December - 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Rob Hopkins at Hay Winter Festival

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Saturday 3 December 2011, 5pm • Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop

The Transition Town initiative founder tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured and where enterprise, creativity and resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy. Includes a showing of the Hay Transition Town short film.

Price: £4.00

To book your tickets, please click here.

Charles Dowding Events

Charles DowdingCharles Dowding, author of Organic Gardening, Salad Leaves for all Seasons and How to Grow Winter Vegetables gives various talks and courses throughout the year.

For more information on all his upcoming events, please click here.

Matt Harvey Events

Matt HarveyMatt Harvey, stand up poet and author of Where Earwigs Dare performs his poetry throughout the year.

For more information on Matt's upcoming appearances, please click here.

Rob Hopkins' Events

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Companion, gives various talks throughout the year. 2012 events included:

5th October 2012: Lille, France - 2nd Symposium on the social and ecological transformation in Nord Pas de Calais. More information...

25th October 2012: Bristol - Breaking Boundaries event: The Next Ten Years for People and Nature. More information...

Organic Vegetable Growing with Dave Hamilton


Saturdays 4th to 25th February: 10.00 to 4.30pm

Growing vegetables is hugely rewarding and with more people taking on an allotment for the first time in this short course at the Botanic Garden Dave Hamilton will explain the basics of setting up a growing space, including ground clearing, bed construction, sighting of perennials and fixtures, soils, fertility, crop planning and rotations. The course will provide first time allotment owners enough information to get them started and achieve success within the first year. Course Fee:  £90

To enrol please contact the Course Administrator at the Botanic Garden

Call 0117 3314906 or e-mail

Richard Fox Events

Richard Fox

Chef, writer and broadcaster Richard Fox is an active supporter of the 'Love Food, Hate Waste' campaign and travels the country with his demonstration theatre, armed with nothing more than a set of knives, a box of ordinary cupboard ingredients and the contents of everyman's fridge, showing people how to convert past-it looking produce into gastronomic masterpieces.

Catch Richard at one of his events below to see how he can help you waste less and potentially save up to £480 a year.

  •  October: Australia
  • 9-10 Nov: 50+ Show (SEC Glasgow)

Ross Jackson Events

Ross Jackson, author of Occupy World Street, will be visiting the UK to take part in a series of talks and lectures in March 2012.

Monday 19th March 2012 at 6pm - Ross will be speaking at the RSA in London in conversation with Caroline Lucas. Click here for more information.

Tuesday 20th March 2012 at 6pm - Ross Jackson and Rupert Read talk about their proposals for new political institutions to protect the interests of future generations at Assmebly House in Norwich. Click here for more information.

Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 6pm - Ross wil be speaking at the LSE Hong Kong Theatre, at an event hosted by the New Economics Foundation (nef), along with Tony Greenham (nef) and Danni Paffard (MYM). "From Protest to Progress - what next for capatalism?" Anna Coote will be chairing this event. Click here for more information. 

Transition Network at Guardian Open Weekend

Transition Network are delighted to be involved in The Guardian's Open Weekend on 24th and 25th March.

The weekend is packed with various events, which will see Rob Hopkins at the centre of most of the events.

For more information on the Transition Network's involvement, click here.

Wild food and Selfsufficientish Courses

Join Andy (left) or Dave (right) for a fun day out in 2012

Due to popular demand Self Sufficientish’s wild food walks are back for 2012. Join Dave or his twin brother Andy on a forage and discover a new world of wild edible plants on your doorstep.

They promise to give you an insight into the edible as we cater for all levels of skill from beginner to the more experienced forager (and everything in between).

The walks are led by either Dave or Andy Hamilton, who have been described as two of the most well known and experienced foragers in the UK. The pair have been featured in and on (amongst other thingsAutumn Watch on the BBC, Radio 4, in the Guardian. They were some of the first to champion Urban Wild Food and offer wild food courses in both urban and country settings.

For more details and to book your place, visit

TEDx in Exeter

TEDx Lecture - Sustainability and our Interconnected World

Green Books authors Satish Kumar and Rob Hopkins to take part in a TEDx lecture at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter on Friday 20th April 2012.

For more information, click here.

Spring Foraging Day

Spring Foraging Day with Dave Hamilton
29 April 2012 (Sunday)

£50 tariff includes organic lunch

Ever thought foraging was just a load of old mushrooms? Well, join gardener and forager Dave Hamilton who sets out to prove otherwise.
Discover the edible uses of some of the plants you may have walked past every day and learn how to distinguish them from those that are somewhat less than edible!
This one day course caters for both first time and experienced foragers alike and promises you will never look at a hedgerow the same again!
The course will include identifying many local seasonal wild foods along with suggestions of what to look for in the rest of the year.
There will also be a chance to cook up what is found throughout the day in the farm style kitchen at Monkton Wyld Court.

Click here to download our course booking form and instructions.
Contact Monkton Wyld Court to check availability.

Ross Jackson Events

Ross Jackson returns to the UK to take part in two events centered around his new book, Occupy World Street.

8th May - Ross Jackson talks Occupy World Street, introduced by Jonathan Dawson for Transition Town Totnes.

Totnes Civic Hall - 7.30pm. Tickets £5. Click here for more details.

9th May - Ross Jackson talks to Sedgemoor and West Green Party.

Minehead Methodist Hall - 7.30pm. Click here for more details.

Orchard Design Course

Orange Pippin Fruit Tree Orchard Design Course

This 1-day training course is intended for anyone thinking of establishing an orchard or becoming involved in a community orchard project. You will learn about the various aspects of designing a new orchard, including how to assess your orchard site, different planting patterns, and how to determine the number and choice of fruit tree varieties. At the end of the course you should be confident about starting your own orchard project.

The course is being held at Brogdale Farm, which is 5 minutes off the M2 motorway near Faversham in Kent. Brogdale Farm is the home of the UK National Fruit Collections and there will be an opportunity to visit the Collections during the day.

For more information, click here.

Revival: Growing health and education in the Monk's Garden, Italy, 19 - 23 May, with Satish Kumar


Process and Pilgrimage began in 2009 with a conversation between Philip Franses and Satish Kumar about process in physics and the nature of pilgrimage, where, in each, the adventurer sets out without a clear idea of where he is going, but is open to meet with ‘wholeness’ somewhere along the way.

This is the third year of Process and Pilgrimage events, which is situated at the restored 800 hectare monastery of Abbazia di Spineto in Italy. The five days will be a fascinating mix of discussions and presentations about the projects emerging from the participatory inquiry of Process and Pilgrimage with practical proposals on education – ‘Journey School’, health – immune ‘mind’ and land-use. Read Revival: Growing Health and Education in the Monk’s Garden or to find more information about taking part and online booking visit:


Beesounds is a weekend of truly acoustic music, not a battery in sight or sound, emphasising the sustainability of live acoustic music using instruments which were built to carry in the open air.

In concert @Underwood: Jackie Oates & Jim Causley - Saturday 2nd June at 7.30pm. Tickets £12

Diamond Duos for the Diamond Jubilee: The Carrivick Sisters - Sunday 3rd June at 7.30pm. Tickets £12

On Sunday there will also be games and sings for children at 6.30pm. Tickets £5

Underwood Discovery Centre, Beeson, TQ7 2ED

For tickets and more information, please contact Valerie Belsey on 01803 866916 or email

Satish Kumar to appear at The Arts Pilgrimage

The Sculpture Trail part of the pilgrimage runs from 10-27 June 2012 (Daily from 10am to 5pm) when over twenty national and international sculptors will exhibit their works in the grounds of this stunning and magical setting, nestled within the old coastal cliffs of West Norfolk and with views overlooking The Wash.

The Arts Pilgrimage weekend event takes place from 22-24 June 2012 (from 6pm on Friday until 10.30pm on Sunday), bringing leading writers, poets, filmmakers, scriptwriters, playwrights, musicians and sculptors together to explore, discuss, perform an present and exhibit ideas on the universal themes of journeying, landscape and pilgrimage.

The event programme includes films, theatre, recitals, talks, walks ad evening concerts.

Participants include the actress, Diana Quick, writers, Robert Macfarlane, Elspeth Barker, Satish Kumar and Paul Murdin, Philip Wells, artists, Neville Gabie, Helaine Blumenfeld, Laurence Edwards, Michael Fairfax and many more, Filmmakers, Garth Evans, Adam Pugh, Donald Rice, Musicians, Gerry Diver and The Speech Project, Nigel Short and the Tenebrae Light A Capella, ProCorda Young Musicians the Arnie Somogyi Jazz Ensemble.

For more information, click here.

Satish Kumar on BBC Radio 3

Green Books - Satish-Kumar7.gif Satish Kumar appearing on BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics Programme.

Satish will be featured every morning in the Essential Classics programme between 10.30am and 11am every morning in the week commencing 17th September, culminating on 21st September to coincide with International Day of Peace.

Transition Network Conference 2012

Green Books - Transition Network Conference 2012TRANSITION NETWORK UK CONFERENCE 2012
Friday 14th September (6pm) to Sunday 16th September (4.30pm)
For 2012, the Transition Network conference returns to the Battersea Arts Centre in London. Entitled “Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times”, the programme includes workshops, Open Space, walks, visits and a new ingredient for 2012 - a “Cook Up”. This involves participants rolling up their sleeves and working alongside each other to “cook up” mini events, demos or activities showcasing Transition in Action.  It could be an instant edible landscape, a local currency, a feast, an energy company, an Inner Transition workshop, a piece of theatre or a Transition newspaper.
Click here for more information.

Passivhaus Conference 2012

Green Books - The-Passivhaus-Handbook.gifThe Passivhaus Handbook authors, Janet Cotterell and Adam Dadeby, will be exhibiting at the Passivhaus Conference in November.

The conference will take place over the 7th and 8th of November at the EMCC at the University of Nottingham.

For more information, please click here.

The Passivhaus Handbook launch


Green Books - The-Passivhaus-Handbook.gif Book Launch

Thursday 29th November 2012

Venue: The Totnes Bookshop, 42 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RY. Tel: 01803 8673273. 

Time: 6.30 for 7pm

Come and join Adam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell for a glass of wine and listen to their illustrated talk about their passion for Passivhaus building methods and how you can create a comfortable, healthy home with ultra-low energy costs.

Their book The Passivhaus Handbook contains all the information you will need if you are considering a Passivhaus project and has been described by Kevin McCloud as a 'non-nonsense and engaging introduction on how to do it'.

Adam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell at Ecobuild, Tues 5th March

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Adam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell, authors of The Passivhaus Handbook, are speaking on Tues 5th March at Ecobuild 2013, the biggest event in the world for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Ecobuild is at the ExCel Centre, London, 5th-7th March. See more information about the show here.

Adam and Janet are speaking at seminars starting at 12.30pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday 5th March. Find out more about the seminars here and here..


Giles Hutchins events

The Nature of Business by Giles Hutchins  Green Books - Giles Hutchins

Giles Hutchins talk at Schumacher College, Dartington, 13 March 2013

Giles Hutchins, mangement consultant and change agent, is passionate about applying nature’s inspiration to sustainable business transformation. He gives practical insight and guidance to help organisations redesign for resilience in these volatile times.

His book The Nature of Business was published in 2012 to great acclaim. 'A must-read for everyone involved in the business of the future' - Mick Bremans, Chairman, Ecover

He will be speaking at an 'Earth Talk', open to all, at Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon, on Wed 13 March at 8.30pm. More information here.

Ulrich Grober on Sustainability and the European Dream

Ulrich Grober will be giving a talk at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 18th March at 12.30pm.

Please register by sending an email to Mr Jaakko Virkkunen, GLOBE EU Coordinator: 

For more information, please click here to view the full flyer.

Ray Cunningham on Reclaiming ‘SUSTAINABILITY’

Dr Ray Cunningham, freelance writer, editor, translator & consultant in British-German knowledge exchange will be giving a talk on reclaiming 'sustainability' at UCL, in London on the 20th March at 5.30pm.

You can view the flyer here.

The event is open to the public, and free to attend, but please register your attendance here.

Straw Works - Getting Plastered

Barbara Jones, author of Building with Straw Bales, will be running a one-day introduction to natural plasters: lime and clay.

Practical Strawbale Building Course

This course is run by Straw Works, Building with Straw Bales author Barbara Jones' company, provides a practical introduction to learning to build with straw bales. The project is to build a straw bale Passivhaus building.

Preparing to Build with Bales Course - With Barbara Jones

Building with Straw Bales CoverAn essential one-day seminar for all straw bale self-builders with Barbara Jones, bestselling author of Building with Straw Bales.

A one-day seminar focusing on the project management of your strawbale build, explaining techniques you can use to bring your project in: on quality, on budjet and on time.

For more information, please email Jane at

Open Day for Jack First's Hot Beds

Green Books - Author photos - jack First author photoDate: 12th April 2014
Time: 10am onwards
Locaton: Marley Activities and Coaching Centre, off Aireworth Road, BD21 4DB

Jack First will be hosting an open day based around his Hot Beds near Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Jack says: "We have already harvested radish, rocket and salad leaves from seed sown this year. Spinach to harvest next week. On the day people can see outdoor and indoor Hot Beds with harvestable crops including potatoes with a bit of luck."

For more information you can contact Jack on 07936 240 444.

Kate Collyns at the Land Workers' Alliance demo

Date: 17th April
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: out side DEFRA head offices, 17 Smith Square, SW1P, London.

Kate Collyns will be speaking on Issues Facing Producers at a Land Workers' Association demostration outside the offices of DEFRA in London. 

Kate Collyns speaking at Transition Bath

Date: Thursday 24th April
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Huntsman Pub, Bath

Kate Collyns, author of Gardening for Profil, will be speaking at a Transition Bath meeting, about growing vegetables for local communities.

Barbara Jones to build a straw bale house at Grand Designs Live

Barbara Jones, author of Building with Straw Bales, will be at Grand Deslgns Live with her company, Straw Works. Throughout the course of the week they will be building an entire building out of straw bales, complete with finished plaster.

They will also be running workshops on: building with bales, clay plastering and working with lime. Along with the workshops there will be opportunities to talk to the team about affordable housing, Passivhaus designs with straw, and see photos, presentations and videos of super-insulated, healthy, sustainable strawbale buildings

Date: 3rd to 11th May 2014
Location: Grand Village, Grand Designs Live, ExCel centre
For more information: click here.


Will Stanwix on 'The Breathing Building' at Grand Designs Live

Green Books - Author photos - Will Stanwix

Date: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Time: 14:30
Location: The Grand Theatre, Excel Centre, London

Hempcrete and natural building materials expert Will Stanwix teams up with a lime expert and a client/home owner to explain the art and science of breathability in buildings - and how, among other things, it affects your health and the health of your building.

SPEAKERS: William Stanwix, UKHempcrete; James Ayres, Lime; Zoe Durrant, breathable home owner

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Book Launch: Gardening Myths and Misconceptions by Charles Dowding

Green Books - Author photos - Charles DowdingDate: Friday 16th May 2014
Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start
Location: Topping Bookstore, Bath

Green Books author Charles Dowding will be launching his new book, Gardening Myths and Misconceptions at Topping Book shop, Bath on Friday May 16th 2014.

For more information and for booking, click here.

Charles Dowding at At The Chapel

Green Books - Resources on web - myths-low-res-coverCharles Dowding will be introducing his new books at At The Chapel in Somerset.

Date: Saturday 24th May 2014
Time: 10am
Location: High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AE

Full details of the event can be found on At the Chapel's website.

Ken Thompson speaking at The Hay Festival

Ken Thompson, author of Do We Need Pandas? will be speaking at The Hay Festival, looking at 'Where do camels belong?

Date: 28th May 2014
Time: 10am
Location: The Oxfam Moot, The Hay Festival, Haye-on-Wye

For more information and booking, click here.

Rob Hopkins at Transition event in Belgium

Rob Hopkins will be speaking at Ceinture aliment-terre liégeoise [CATL] in Belgium.

Date: 19th Jun 2014
Time: 16:30
Location: Salle Noppius (Ulg), Complexe Opéra | Place de la République Française 41, B-4000 Liège, Belgium

For more information, visit the CATL website.

BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4: Satish Kumar on 'No Destination'

Green Books - Author photos - Satish-Kumar7.gifFifty years ago, at the height of the Cold War, Satish Kumar walked 8,000-miles for world peace and along the way he met some of the most remarkable people of the twentieth century. In this Archive on 4 programme for BBC Radio 4, Satish talks about the the sensational journey he wrote about in his inspiring auobiography, No Destination.

Date: Saturday 14th June 2014
Time: 8pm
Radio Channel: BBC Radio 4
Link: BBC R4 link will be live during early June. Information can be found at Reel Soul Movies (the production company for the programme).

Kate Collyns at Green Scythe Fair, Somerset

Green Books - Author photos - Kate CollynsKate Collyns is going to be hosting a stand at the Green Scythe Fair in Somerset, where she will be selling signed copies of her book Gardening For Profit and also selling some lovely fresh veg.

Date: Sunday 15th June
Time: 11am to 11pm
Location: Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset TA10 0DW
Additional Information: Tickets £5 | Accompanied kids free | Dogs on leads welcome

For more information, visit the Green Scythe Fair website.


Bristol Green Week - The Passivhaus Handbook

Green Books - Author photos - Adam DadebyGreen Books - Author photos - Janet CotterellAdam Dadeby and Janet Cotterell are speaking about The Passivhaus Handbook at Bristol Green Week's 'Books on the Boat'. The reading will be held on Embercombe's Volharding, a dutch sailing ship built inthe 1890s.

Date: Monday 16th June
Time: 1pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding, moored outside Arnolfini (click here for map)

For more information, visit the Bristol Green Week Website.

Bristol Green Week - Finding Earth, Finding Soul

Green Books - Author photos - Tim MacartneyTim 'Mac' Macartney will be giving two short sessions on Finding Earth, Finding Soul at Bristol Green Week Books on the Boat. Both of these are hosting aboard Embercombe's 19th Century Dutch sailing ship. 

Finding Earth, Finding Soul: the Invisible Path to Authentic Leadership 1

Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding (click here for map)

Finding Earth, Finding Soul: the Invisible Path to Authentic Leadership 2

Date: Thursday 19th June 2014
Time: 1pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding (click here for map)

For more information, visit the Bristol Green Week Website.

Bristol Green Week - The Nature of Business

Green Books - Author photos - Giles HutchinsGiles Hutchins, author of The Nature of Business, will be talking about the business world seen through the eyes of nature, aboard Embercombe's Volharding.

Date: Thursday 19th June 2014
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding (click here for map)

For more information, visit the Bristol Green Week Website.

Bristol Green Week - Beyond Flying

Green Books - Resources on web - Beyond Flying CoverAdam Weymouth, one of the contributing authors for Beyond Flying, is speaking at Bristol Green Week's 'Books on the Boat'.

Date: Friday 20th June 2014
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding (click here for map)

For more information, visit the Bristol Green Week Website.

Tagore Festival 2014

Dartington Hall in Devon are hosting the Tagore Festival 2014. Come along to this event to find out more about Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Date: 20th to 22nd June 2014
Location: Dartington Hall Estate, Devon

For more information and for tickets visit the website.

Bristol Green Week - Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie, one of the contributing authors on Beyond Flying will be appearing on Embercombe's Volharding at Bristol Green Week, speaking about 'Only Planet'.

Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014
Time: 1pm
Location: Embercombe's Volharding (click here for map)

For more information, visit the Bristol Green Week Website.

Kate Collyns speaking at Prince of Wales' Food and Farming Summer School

Green Books - Author photos - Kate CollynsKate Collyns, author of Gardening for Profit, will be speaking at the Prince of Wales' Food and Farming Summer School. Kate will be part of a panel discussion on 'A question of scale: are larger or smaller farms the way forward?'

Date: 18th July 2014
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Duchy Home Farm, Tetbury.

For more information, please look at the programme and registration form for the event.

Matt Harvey at Word Cafe, Edinburgh Festival

Green Books - Author photos - Matt HarveyMatt Harvey, author of Where Earwigs Dare will be taking part in The Word Cafe at Edinburgh Festival in August this year, with Kate Fox and Julie Mullen.

Date: 5-9th August 2014
Time: 12.20pm each day
Location: The Pleasance, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

For more information, click here.


Charles Dowding at Off The Grid - One Planet Community Festival

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)Charles Dowding will be speaking at Off Grid - One Planet's Community Festival in Frome during August.

Date: 14th to 17th August 2014
Location: Frome, Somerse

For more information, click here.

Tracking and Bird Language Workshop with Learning with Nature authors

Green Books - Learning with NatureTake part in a one-day introduction, or two-day immersion course in tracking and bird language.

Date: 26th or  26th-27th August 2014
Location: East Sussex

For more information, click here.


Open Day at Charles Dowding's Garden

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)Charles Dowding is hosting an open day at his gardens on Sunday 31st August. Head along to get a glimpse into the work space and subject of his next book How to Create a New Vegetable Garden, see his no-dig vs. dig experiments, and chat to Charles.

Date:        Sunday 31st August 2014
Time:        2pm - 5pm
Location:  Homeacres, Alhampton, Somerset, BA4 6PZ
Cost:         Free! Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to view the poster.

Hervé Kempf workshop discussion at Degrowth conference, Leipzig

Green Books - How the rich are destroying the earthHervé Kempf is running a workshop project that aims to show that oligarchies are the most responsible power structures which prevent to deal with climate change and biodiversity loss successfully. This is running as part of the Degrowth conference.

Date:        3rd September 2014
Time:        2.30pm
Location:  Leipzig, Germany

For more information, or to book a place, click here.

Matt Harvey at Winchester Poetry Festival

Green Books - Author photos - Matt HarveyPoet Matt Harvey, author of Where Earwigs Dare, will be appearing at Winchester Poetry Festival, giving readings of his poems.

Date: 12th-14th September 2014
Time: TBC
Location: Winchester

Subsidised Outdoor Learning Training Day with Learning with Nature Authors

Green Books - Learning with NatureThis training from the authors of Learning with Nature will allow school practitioners the chance to plan and utilise the outdoor learning environment to its maximum benefit for their pupils.

Date: 17th September 2014
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Location: East Sussex

For more information, click here.

Georgie Newbery at The Country Life Fair

Green Books - Author photos - Georgie NewberyGeorgie Newbery, author of The Flower Farmer's Year will be exhibiting and giving demonstrations at The Country Life Fair at the end of September.

Date:           27th & 28th September 2014
Time:          Sat10am - 6pm / Sun 10am - 5pm
Location:    Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, London SW6

For more information or to book your tickets, visit

Hempcrete Authors at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham

Green Books - Author photos - Will StanwixWill Stanwix and Alex Sparrow, industry experts on building with hempcrete and authors of The Hempcrete Book, have organised an impressive feature to showcase natural building materials at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 2014. The feature will have ‘cassettes’ both inside and outside that will allow them to show various natural building materials as well as the internal and external finishes that can be applied to them.Will and Alex will be available to talk about hempcrete, explain its uses and benefits, and give guidance to anyone who wants to take the first steps toward using hempcrete - either commercially or for their own self-build.

Date: 9th October to 12th OGreen Books - Author photos - Alex Sparrowctober 2014
Time: 10am to 6pm (5pm on Sunday 12th)
Location: Natural Build Live, next to Grand Theatre, Birmingham NEC

For more information on the show, please click here.

Foraging and Games Workshop with Learning with Nature Author

Green Books - Learning with NatureThe authors of Learning with Nature are running a one-day nature-based training for teachers and teaching assistants of children Reception to KS4.

Date: 10th October 2014
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Ringer Academy Eco-Classroom, East Sussex
More information: Click here.

Georgie Newbery at Wells Festival of Literature

Green Books - Author photos - Georgie NewberyGeorgie Newbery, author of The Flower Farmer's Year will be at Wells Festival of Literature in October, talking about how to grow fabulous flowers for your home and friends or as a business. Georgie will take you through the process of planning your garden, marketing and budgeting as well as demonstrating how to make a hand-tied bouquet.

Date: Thursday, 16th October 2014
Time: 4pm
Location: The Bishop's Palace, Wells
For more information and for tickets, please click here.

Kate Collyns and Bath Market Apple Day

Green Books - Author photos - Kate CollynsKate Collyns, author of Gardening for Profit will be at Bath Market Apple Day, talking food and offering fresh veg (and books!) for sale - a perfect chance to chat to Kate if you are thinking about starting your own market garden!

Date: Sunday 19th October 2014
Location: Bath Markets, Green Park Station
Time: 9.30am - 12pm

For more information, click here.

Satish Kumar speaking at LSE

Green Books - Author photos - Satish-Kumar7.gifOur economy relies on stable ecological foundations. So why is ecology missing from big economic and political debates? Is it time for a new approach?

Date: Thursday 13 November 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

For more information, click here.


Matt Harvey at Awliscombe Village Hall

Green Books - Author photos - Matt HarveyThe hit Matt Harvey Edinburgh Show Wondermentalist is a comedy-infused, poetically enhanced, fundamentally wonder-filled show, celebrating subjects as diverse as kippers and curtains, IT and potatoes, petty theft, pain relief and public nudity.

Date: Sunday 1st February 2014
Location: Awliscombe, Devon

For more information, click here.

Bright Sparks Saturday at Brighton Science Festival

Green Books - Learning with NatureMarina Robb will leading a session on sensing the natural world: Heighten your senses and experience the wonder of the natural world. Does removing your vision help your hearing? Can you find someone through smell alone? Can you identify animals from their bones and skins? And how useful are the contents of your local hedgerow?

Date: Saturday 14 February, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Hove Park Upper School, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN

For more information, visit

Hove Park Upper School, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN
Saturday 14 February, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 14 February, 10:00am - 5:00pm

World Peace Mission Conference

Green Books - Author photos - Satish-Kumar7.gifSatish Kumar will be speaking at the inaugural World Peace Mission Conference in Cornwall, 2015. This is a highly charged gathering of inspirational people with one primary focus – peace in the world. World-renowned speakers will join to share their wisdom and vision for a better world.

Date: 28th Feb to 1st March 2015
Location: Penzance, Cornwall, UK
For more information click here.

Wood-based Craft Adult Training

Green Books - Learning with NatureThis one-day workshop is aimed at Forest School Leaders, outdoor practitioners and anyone interested in extending their knowledge on working with wood.  The day will share useful skills to supoort crafting a range of wood-based objects and give you the confidence to transfer these skills to others. We will use local materials and provide an understanding of how one craft can lead to the ability to create many others.

Identifying what you need, the resources and the skills to create it, is an invaluable skill and is all we need to make a beautiful and homely camp area where we can craft projects that we can then put to immediate use.

Cost: £65.00
Date: 3rd March 2015
Times: 9.30 - 3.30pm
Where: Bentley Wildfowl, Halland

For more information and booking, click here.

Outdoor Games, Activities and Crafts – Aimed at the Early Years, and Key Stage 1

Green Books - Learning with NatureThis one-day training will offer spring time activities linked to plants and animals, the early year’s curriculum, and crafts for the little one’s, focusing on early spring buds and leaves!

It will include nature awareness games; drama to embody nature; foraging to make a medicine; nests, eggs and birds; inspiring ways to link language with nature. This day will leave you bamboozled with useful ideas!

Lead Facilitators:
Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Ringmer Academy, Eco-Classroom, Ringmer
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

Click here for more information and booking.

Hot Bed course with Jack First

Green Books - Author photos - Jack FirstJack First and The Cellar Trust are running a course on building and growing in Hot Beds in March. The Cellar Trust is an organisation that helps people who are recovering from mental health problems.

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Keighley, Yorkshire
Course cost: £35
Additional Information: Please come dressed in work clothing and bring a packed lunch.

To enrol on the course please contact The Cellar Trust on 01274 586474 and ask for Cathy who will be happy to help.

Charles Dowding at The Garden Museum

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)Grow great vegetables without digging, and with less weeds.

Charles explains both the principles and methods of a no dig approach which he has used for over thirty years. Also he gives many tips on growing organic salad leaves all year round, in which he specialises for his business.

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2015
Time: 18.30 - 20:00
Location: The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London
Cost: £15 per person. £10 for friends of the Garden Museum.

For more information, please visit the Garden Museum website.

Click here to book a place.

Georgie Newbery at The Garden Museum

Green Books - Author photos - Georgie NewberySecrets of the Cutting Garden

Georgie Newbery, artisan flower farmer and florist, demonstrates how to make a gorgeous hand-tie bouquet with the kinds of flowers you might have growing in your garden.  Author of The Flower Farmer’s Year, Georgie specialises in using only flowers grown in the UK (mostly by herself in her seven acre garden in Somerset) and is a speaker who will inspire you to look at your garden and the contents of your vases in a completely different way. Her talk covers growing, cutting, conditioning and arranging flowers from your garden while bringing in all sorts of information ranging from the behemoth that is the world cut flower trade, to how to make compost teas.  There is always plenty of time for questions at the end.


Date: Tuesday 17th March 2015
Time: 18.30 - 20:00
Location: The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London
Cost: £15 per person. £10 for friends of the Garden Museum.

For more information, please visit the Garden Museum website.

Click here to book a place.

Alex Sparrow at Brighton Green Architecture Day

Green Books - Author photos - Alex Sparrow Alex Sparrow, sustainable materials expert and co-author of The Hempcrete Book - Designing and building with hemp-lime, is speaking at the Brighton Permaculture Trust's Green Architecture Day.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear expert tips and information about working with this innovative material - the event will be of interest to anyone interested in sustainability and buildings.

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building, Brighton BN2 0JY

For more information, click here.

Hempcrete authors at VegFestUK, Brighton

Green Books - Hempcrete Book CoverAlex Sparrow and Will Stanwix, authors of The Hempcrete Book, are giving a talk at VegFestUK, Brighton - one of Europe's biggest vegan events. They are taking part in the special Hemp Expo during the weekend, and can be found at the stall of their company, HempLime Construct.

Date: 28th - 29th March 2015
Location: Brighto

For more information and tickets, click here.

A Summer Outdoor Learning Training for KS2 - 3

Green Books - Learning with NatureThis offers participants an understanding of current theory and the chance to apply new outdoor skills and ideas through practical activities in the outdoors.

This day will draw on the theme of rope: From the web of life,  knots, games using ropes and cordage; food chains, measurement, journey plats, story, poetry and you will put into action current theory!

The training will help you:
• Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of the outdoors and learning
• Apply the curriculum to the outdoors - with lots of creative ideas.
• Make best use of the outdoors as an engaging and fun way to learn.
• Focus on English, science and maths in the outdoors – with a seasonal twist!
• Develop topic ideas.
• Use tools and natural materials for outdoor learning.

Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Ringmer Academy, Ringmer
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

Click here for more information and booking.

Writing Workshop with Matt Harvey

Green Books - Author photos - Matt HarveyAt this year's Swindon Festival of Literature, experienced workshop leader Matt Harvey provides a Writing Workshop and Lunch. From 12:30-1:30, meet and discuss writing over some nourishing food, followed by a workshop with writing exercises, time to talk, discussion and advice.

Date: Saturday 16th May 2015
Time: 12:30-17:00
Location: Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindom SN5 5PJ
Cost: £40

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Steph and Charles' No Dig Garden

Green Books - Author photos - Charles DowdingSteph and Charles host their no dig garden at the Royal Bath and West show, in a revamped horticulture section

Date: Wednesday 27th May - Saturday 30th May
Location: Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

For more information, see Charles Dowding's website.

Satish Kumar Talks To Andy Fryers

Green Books - Author photos - Satish-Kumar7.gifSatish Kumar, author of No Destination, talks us through his extraordinary life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Date: Sunday 31st May 2015
Time: 18:45
Location: Oxfam Moot, The Hay Festival
Cost: £7 per person

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Charles Dowding: Homeacres Day Course

Green Books - how-to-creat-a-new-vegetable-garden=front-cover=150w-20150625.1.jpgLearn the principles of no-dig growing and how to create a productive garden, whatever your ability, with this one-day course from Charles Dowding. Gain some great tips on sowing and how to keep a plot full all year.

Date: 3rd June 2015 / 4th July 2015 / 15th July 2015 / 1st August 2015 / 9th September 2015 / 12th September 2015 / 20th September 2015 / 3rd October 2015 / 4th November 2015
Time: 10:30-16:00
Location: Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6PZ
Cost: £95 per person, including all refreshments and Steph's amazing lunch

For more information, please visit Charles Dowding's website.

To book, please click on the appropriate date above.

Talk and Book Signing with Charles Dowding

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)As part of the Goldhill Organic Farm's open day, Charles Dowding will be giving a talk on growing vegetables, accompanied by a book dedication and signing. Sara and Andrew Cross will also provide farm walks during 11:30-12:30 and 14:00-15:00.

Date: Sunday 7th June 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Location: Goldhill Organic Farm, Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB

For more information, see Charles Dowding's website.

DIY Wedding Flowers Workshop

Green Books - Author photos - Georgie NewberyThis cheery DIY wedding flowers workshop is perfect for brides and their friends or family to learn how to create their own floristry for their special day. Georgie will show you how to plan your wedding floristry, the materials you will need and how to design and arrange your floral displays.

Date: Wednesday 10th June 2015
Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Common Farm Flowers, Charlton Musgrave, Somerset
Cost: £125 - includes lunch, refreshments and flowers and equipment to make a hand-tie posy and buttonhole

For more information and to book, click here.

Outdoor Learning Beach day

Green Books - Learning with NatureThis one-day training is for teachers and TAs of KS1–KS3 as well as Forest School Practitioners and others working with young people of all ages.
This training will take place at Holy Well, on the beach in Eastbourne. The day will provide outdoor practical and effective games, activities and skills that can take place by the sea-side as well as the outdoors! And an easy to build shelter – just in case!
It aims to support you or your school to design outdoor-friendly curriculum-based ideas to engage children with nature. The day will include the use of chalk, sea-themed games, fish/sea based crafts using simple tools and exploration of the water cycle.  Inspiring activities for a beach school!

Lead Facilitators: Marina Robb and Anna Richardson
Where: Holywell, Eastbourne
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

Charles Dowding: Bishop's Place Festival

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)Charles Dowding provides a fascinating talk at the new Bishop's Place Festival Garden, aimed at informing and inspiring gardeners in a beautiful location.

Date: Sunday 21st June 2015
Time: 11:00
Location: Bishop's Place Garden Festival, Wells

For more information, click here.

Steps Towards a Deeper Ecology of Business with Giles Hutchins

Green Books - Author photos - Giles Hutchins 200x150This day will offer the chance to explore some of Giles' writings in practice and to engage in some experiential exercises that bring this to life.

Date: 1st July 2015
Time: 09:00-15:30
Location: Ashridge Business School
Cost: £200, including lunch

The Steps Towards A Deeper Ecology of Business workshop will:

- Discuss the profound shifts afoot in business and beyond and explore how these relate to our ways of leading and living in volatile times.
- Assist leaders, managers and change agents in catalysing and sustaining transformation.
- Experience and embody the Mind of Nature, enabling us to be more effective in transforming our organisations.
- Explore ways of applying this deeper awareness to our sense of purpose, organisational culture and ways of working.
- Undertake transformational practices that can form part of our daily lives, including post-workshop content and network.

For more information and to book click here.

Matt Harvey at Seed Festival

Green Books - Author photos - harvey,matt-low-res-150W-20150625.jpgMatt Harvey performs on the Seed Stage at 1pm and then holds a Workshop at 4pm for the Seed Festival, Stroud.

Date: Satuday 18th July 2015
Time: 13:00 / 16:00
Location: Seed Festival, Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, Glocestershire GL6 7QW

For more information, click here.

Charles Dowding: Homeacres Weekend

Green Books - Author photos - Charles DowdingThis two day course gives a more in depth course on market gardening, provided by Charles Dowding. Day One covers the costs and benefits of creating an undug space, with tips for productive growth as well as marketing your produce to the public. Day Two provides more details for good growing, with focus on weeding, propagation, salad leaves and tunnels.

Date: Saturday 29th August and Sunday 30th August 2015
Time: 10:00-17:00 / 9:00-15:15
Location: Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6PZ
Cost: £220 per person, including all refreshments and Steph's amazing lunch

For more information, please visit Charles Dowding's website. To book, click here.

Grow Your Own Cut Flower Patch

Green Books - Flower Farmer's Year CoverLearn all about planning and growing your own flower patch with Georgie Newbery. The day includes planning, earth and flower feeding. lists of suppliers and posy-making tips, alongside a tour of the Common Farm Flowers flower fields and your own planted garden to take home.

Date: Tuesday 15th September 2015
Time: 10:00-14:00
Location: Common Farm Flowers, Charlton Musgrave, Somerset
Cost: £95 - includes lunch, refreshments and flowers and your own seed sowing from the day to take home

For more information and to book, click here.

Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers

Green Books - Author photos - Georgie NewberySpend a day with Georgie Newbery and learn how to plan, grow and arrange your own wedding flowers. Wedding flowers can one of the most expensive parts of the wedding budget, so why not learn to create your own glorious home-grown wedding flowers with the help of Georgie.

Date: Thursday 17th September / Saturday 19th September
Time: 10:00-14:00
Location: Common Farm Flowers, Charlton Musgrave, Somerset
Cost: Thursday £95 / Saturday £110 - includes lunch, refreshments and your planted cut flower patch seeds to take home and grow

For more information and to book, click here.

Autumn Nature-Based Plant & Games Day

Green Books - learning-with-nature-150h-20150625.jpgThis training is for teachers and TAs of reception through to KS4 as well as Forest School Practitioners and others working with young people of all ages.
It will equip practitioners to safely inspire young people to build their own knowledge of plants, to work through the risks, benefits and opportunities of incorporating local plants into your practice to inspire a life-long love of learning!

• Link plant-based activities to the curriculum
• Introduce you to effective plant-based games and activities
• Craft from plant materials
• Introduce and produce a seasonal wild medicine
• Create an appropriate risk assessment for foraging activities

Lead Facilitator: Marina Robb
Where: Ringmer Academy, Ringmer
Timings: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Cost: £65.00

Click here for more information and booking.


Flower Farming for Beginners

Green Books - flower-farmers-year-cover=low-res-150W-20150625.jpgSpend a day with Georgie Newbery, who will teach you all about the flower farming year. Taught in a small group, attendees can find out specific and focused information to answer all their questions, as well as learning the basics as taught by Georgie.

Date: Tuesday 13th October / Saturday 17th October
Time: 10:00-16:00
Location: Common Farm Flowers, Charlton Musgrave, Somerset
Cost: Tuesday £150 / Saturday £175 - includes lunch and refreshments

For more information and to book, click here.

Launch of The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting in Norwich

Green Books - Resources on web - No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting 150 x 151Join us at Jarrold's department store on 22nd October at 6pm as Kate Blincoe launches her new book 'No-Nonsense Green Parenting'. This event is free to attend but places must be booked. To book your place please visit Customer Services, Floor 2 or ring on 01603 660661.

Date: 22nd October 2015
Time: 6pm
Location: Jarrold's, Books Dept, Lower Ground Floor, Norwich
Cost: FREE, but please book your place by phoning Jarrolds on 01603 660661.

For more information, click here.

Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers at RHS Shades of Autumn Show

Green Books - Resources on web - Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers 72dpi 150 x 189Georgie Newbery will be giving a demonstration and talk all about growing your own wedding flowers ahead of the publication of her new book.

Date: Saturday 24th October 2015
Time: 1pm
Location: RHS Lawrence Hall, London,  SW1P 2QD
Tickets: RHS Members: free,  Public (in advance): £6, Public (on the day): £9

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Alastair McIntosh in conversation with Mark Boyle, Edinburgh Radical Book Fair

Green Books - Resources on web - Spiritual Activism 150 x 228ALASTAIR MCINTOSH, author of Spiritual Activism, and MARK BOYLE, author of Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi, in conversation, at the 19th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

Date: Thursday 29 October 2015 
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
Cost: FREE
For more information visint the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair website.


Charles Dowding: RHS Secret Sunday

Green Books - how-to-creat-a-new-vegetable-garden=front-cover=150w-20150625.1.jpgCharles Dowding will have a stand at the RHS Secret Sunday Christmas Fair in London.

Date: Sunday 1st November 2015
Location: Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London SW1P 2QW

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Charles Dowding: Artful Abundance

Green Books - how-to-creat-a-new-vegetable-garden=front-cover=150w-20150625.1.jpgCharles Dowding explains the no-dig approach to growing beautiful vegetables as part of the Guggleton Farm Arts Project.

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Time: 19:00-21:00
Location: Guggleton Farm, Sattion Road, Stalbridge, Somerset BA4 6PZ
Cost: £6

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The Garden Awakening at RHS London Spring Show

The Garden Awakening

Mary Reynolds photo

Come and listen to Mary on Friday 1st April 2016  
At 12 noon 
The RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza   
The Lawrence Hall (lower ground level)
London SW1P 2QD 
 RHS Members and Press: free












Hempcrete Talk at the Polish Club ("Polonia") in Cambridge

Saturday 19-Sep-2016 19:00

Polish Club, 231 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1AS


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Alex Sparrow, co-author of The Hempcrete Book, will speak to us on the wonderful qualities of hempcrete.  (He is currently doing a workshop (reserve a place here) to retrofit a Victorian terrace house in Cambridge with hemp-lime.)  This is a great start to the Open Eco-Homes event in Cambridge on Sun 18-Sep and Sat 24-Sep.

Hempcrete is a natural building material with excellent qualities; it is breathable, creates healthier buildings, has exceptional thermal performance (combining insulation with good thermal mass) and has low embodied energy.


Alex's book will be on sale on the evening and there may also be copies of the recent Polish translation, too.


This is a free event.  The Polish Club has a bar and restaurant.


Alex Sparrow, autor książki Podręcznik Budowania z Konopii opowie nam o niezwykłych właściwościach betonu konopnego jako materiału budowlanego.

Beton konopniany (‘hempcrete’) jest naturalnym materiałem budowlanym wyśmienitej jakości: jest materiałem “oddychającym”, co ma dobry wpływ na zdrowie mieszkańców budynku. Beton konopniany ma również doskonałe właściwości termiczne; ma dobrą inercję termiczną i niską energochłonność, a jednocześnie stanowi dobrą izolację.

Po wykładzie będzie możliwość zakupienia ‘Podręcznika Budowania z Konopii’ w języku angielskim. Powinny być też dostępne egzemplarze książki w języku polskim.

Przed wykładem odbędzie się warsztat podczas którego za pomocą kompozytu wapienno-konopnego odnawiany będzie dom z epoki wiktoriańskiej (więcej szczegółów i rezerwacja miejsc na stronie Transition Cambridge)

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Natural Baby by Samantha Quinn

The Natural Baby

by Samantha Quinn

Giveaway ends February 26, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Sally Nex

Sally Nex will be speaking at the Crook Peak Gardening Club, Devon on 20th April 2017

Earth Day Podcast by Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds will be speaking on the 'Big Boss' podcast to celebrate Earth Day on 22 April.

Geoff Dann at the Game Fair

Geoff Dann will be the resident guru on all things foraging at the Game Fair, Hatfield House 28 -30 July 2017