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Italian translation, Radical Gardening, now published

I am pleased to announce that an Italian translation of my 2011 book Radical Gardening has just been published, by the Turin-based autonomous press Nautilus.

They have kept the English title, and added a revised Italian sub-title (the word ‘utopia’ figures, which is not in the original): Radical Gardening: Politiche, Utopia, Rebellion nell’Orto e nel Giardino.

Going back three or four years (possibly more)  to when Nautilus first contacted me, I think originally I said they could translate one or two chapters of my text, and a piece of journalism I’d written about the book, and print these as a booklet—I haven’t seen the edition they have produced yet but it looks quite long. Here’s the rear cover blurb:

Nella percezione pubblica comune, il giardinaggio contemporaneo viene inteso come un’attività ricreativa suburbana, un’alternativa alla televisione o a Internet.
La quotidianità del giardino non è solo patio, grigliate, staccionate bianche e bordi erbosi. Dai vasi da davanzale alla serra, dal complotto politico al flower power, questo libro scopre e celebra momenti, movimenti e azioni dell’approccio popolare all’orticoltura e ai giardini.

Intreccia la storia dell’orto e del giardino alla controcultura, quella di singole piante, alla discussione delle politiche governative, la storia sociale dei gruppi militanti e delle loro campagne con il piacere dell’attività e le mani sporche di terra. Riferimenti mediatici, pop e artistici riferiti alla cultura anglosassone si mescolano a foto di archivio e ad altre immagini per offrirci un nuovo punto di vista, informato e ispirato, su di un vecchio argomento.

I hope for some new readers, gardeners and activists in Italy, and to hear from them about what they are doing. It would be great to consider radical gardening in the context of the wonderful Italian garden tradition and its legacies.

More information about the new book is here

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Utopia 501? Utopia and Connected Communities conference programme, British Library 7 December

cropped-Utopian-alphabet.jpgOur latests event from Connected Communities ….

Utopia and Connected Communities conference, British Library, Bronte Room, 7 December 2016

#saynotoutopiafatigue

8.45-9.15                   Registration, tea and coffee

9.15-9.30                   Introduction ‘Utopia 501’ George McKay

9.30-10.15                Keynote address ‘Free cultural spaces’ Alan Dearling

10.15-11.15               Utopia and well-being

  • ‘Dementia futures’ Teri Howson, Bangor University, Lisa Carter, Artist
  • ‘Resilience’ Anne Rathbone, University of Brighton, Mikey Reynolds, Arts Connect, Ruth Mowbray, Arts Connect
  • Chair: Carenza Lewis, University of Lincoln

11.15-12.15               Performing utopia

  • ‘The Reasons’ Mike Wilson, Loughborough University, Antonia Liguori, Loughborough University, Sharron Kraus, Singer/Song writer
  • ‘Ghost Lab’ Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sue Moffet, New Vic Theatre Borderlines, Max Munday, Community Broadcaster
  • Chair: Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-38-1912.15-13.00              Lunch

to include ‘Utopian picnic’ Tessa Tricks, Hubbub, Stine Wilhelmsen, Hubbub and Paul Hurley, University of Southampton

13.00-14.30               Utopia, space, place

  • ‘Belonging maps’ Yvonne Hall, Durham University, Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Josh Cameron, University of Brighton, Paul Neale, the Recovery College, West Sussex, Saff Brooker, the Recovery College, West Sussex
  • ‘Beebots-a-lula’ Dr Deborah Maxwell, University of York, Dr Toby Pillatt, University of Sheffield, Liz Edwards, Lancaster University
  • ‘Exploring Middlefield’s utopia’ Professor Carenza Lewis, University of Lincoln, Dr Ian Waites, University of Lincoln, Lucy Picksley, Community Engagement Officer
  • Chair: Teri Howson, Bangor University

14.30-15.10               Utopia, movement and tradition

  • ‘Re-use of cultural heritage’ Graeme Evans
  • ‘“Welcome”: utopian methodologies and epistemologies’ Samuel McKay
  • Chair: Mike Wilson, Loughborough University

15.10-15.25              Short Break – tea and coffee

15.25-16.25               Utopia and culture; or, 

  • ‘Utopia and play’ Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Steve Pool, Artist, João Paulo Simões, Frontier Media, Patrick Meleady
  • ‘Wonderland: the art of becoming human’ Amanda Ravetz, Manchester School of Art, Michaela Jones, Mark Prest
  • Chair: Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-38-3016.25-17.15               Theory and practice

  • ‘Utopia, religion, theory’ Johan Siebers, Middlesex University, Marcus Hurcombe, Lapis Philosophorum’
  • ‘Co-production’ Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, David M Bell, Newcastle University
  • Chair: Amanda Ravetz, Manchester School of Art 
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