Monday, January 30, 2012

Varuna launch

On Saturday afternoon (28 January) Lis Bastian (CEO,  Varuna, the Writers' House) launched our book in our bioregion, the Blue Mountains (Australia). It was an in conversation event with us as co-editors, which then broke out into a question-cum-answer session and general discussion.

By 4 pm when the event was due to start there was already standing room only and many latecomers had to be turned away. It was a lively affair and, what with with signing books later, we didn't leave Varuna till after 7 pm.

Some of those who we work with in sustainability networks up here — Transition Blue Mountains, Transform Australia, Slow Food Blue Mountains, our local Alternative Technology Association, PaGaian Cosmology, Permaculture Blue Mountains and more — announced a new 'Urgency' group to bring unity and improve communication between all the groups working not just for sustainability but also for our survival.

Gary Caganoff filmed the event — we now have a 100 mins DVD, which we'll edit and prepare for U-Tube. Gary worked on this in exchange for my writing a study guide a few years back for his award winning film, The Garden at the End of the World.

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