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“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world – we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.”

Joanna Macy, Eco-Philosopher and Environmental Activist

Update: photo from the launch

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This post is an update on the new book inspired by Joanna Macy‘s work The Great Turning and details the  Stories of the Great Turning book launch details on 17th April, Bristol. Details of the book can also be seen on the Vala Publishers website.  Alongside the written contributions in the book are eleven artists’ responses to the same question. My project ‘Seeing the Forest: the Hollywood diaries‘ was chosen for  ‘The Great Artful Inquiry‘ chapter on artistic responses  to the themes in Joanna’s internationally acclaimed work. I will be attending and showing my experimental films from the ongoing Hollywood Diaries.


Launching in Bristol on April 17th. Come and meet some of the people behind these stories – many are local to the West Country. Clifton Music Rooms, BS8 1LP, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 12.29.40Joanna Macy has also written the Keynote article about the new book in Resurgence magazine this month too (Issue 277 • March/April 2013). Download pdf here

Stories of the Great Turning is a book of stories written by people who decided to act, in their own lives, in response to the challenges of our time, and found their own way to make a difference. They are not stories about celebrities or gurus of the environmental movement but honest accounts from people who share a concern for the world we live in and who, in the words of one of the contributors, “just got on with it”.

It is a book that takes the question, “What can I do?” and sets out to find some answers using one of our species’ most vital skills: the ability to tell stories in which to spread knowledge, ideas and hope.

These are personal stories for contributors’ everyday lives. Christine Bone is challenged by the facts of global environmental crisis to radically rethink her shopping habits. Kirsti Norris, a Greenpeace activist since her teens, explores how she can contribute now she is a mother. Gil Chambers describes how he and his partner installed a water-powered generator at their home in Wales.


The book includes a foreword by leading American environmental activist, Joanna Macy – in which she lays out the five guidelines for contributing to change in our world:

  • Come from gratitude

  • Don’t be afraid of the dark

  • Dare to vision

  • Link arms with others

  • Act your age


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