fabric of life

Mary Jose’s delightful studio, listen to this fascinating interview of the importance of story and culture, woven on to fabric. Beautiful fabrics of all shapes and sizes depicting time and place and from all over the world. To find out more visit


This interview was conducted on Kaurna land. Always was, always will be.


perpetual light

I am honoured to be able to say I have a copy of this beautiful book; I’ve read it 3 times now and each time I get more from it. Have a listen to the author, Julian Aguon giving these 2 readings as well as an explanation of how this book came about. The interview sound quality is not great, mobile to mobile, Guam to Adelaide Australia, but it is a sampler of what you will get if you purchase it, which you can do from IMPRINTS, see the link in the post. I promise you it is worth every one of its Aussie $50. Please share widely so as many people as possible get to own this wonderful book and Julian would love it if it could be shared into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well, and hey, we should try and bring him over for next year’s writers week, so spread the word. I will attach the reviews which include so many famous people when I post this







Greg Mackie

Another 3 part fascinating insight in the continuation of Greg’s story, his take on the role that the arts, history and good local governance plays towards achieving a sustainable inclusive future


Fabrik and recovery

This interview was conducted in Melinda’s beautiful straw bale home on the land of the Kaurna people, sovereignty never ceded. It is about fabrik and blankets and art and bushfires and recovery. It is important and inspirational and is just the beginning of a long story waiting to be told.

This is an image of the drawing on the wall by Belinda Broughton, she lost her house and drew a representation of her property on the wall of the gallery, using charcoal from the fire.
The artwork is called Charcoal Drawing with No Name
The installation in the foreground is by Evette Sunset and it is called Eye of the Storm
The exhibition was called Solastalgia and it was curated by Jo Wilmot. It showed at Fabrik during the 2020 Fringe Festival.

When you have listened to part 2 and 3 you will understand what this is all about.

Artist: Pauline Cockrill
Title: Picking up the pieces

SW Community Centre

Marjon Martin has lived in the inner city of Adelaide since 1994. Born in the Netherlands and from the age of 8  grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. After a fair bit of travel around the world she chose Adelaide as the place to live. “I think the strength of communities determines the quality of life we lead. I enjoy telling stories as a means of sharing experiences.” Marjon shares her extensive knowledge about building community and the importance of community centres and inclusivity.

The photo shows just a little of what goes on in the South West Community Centre.



This short conversation with Sharon Ede is a teaser for a longer interview that will go into more depth on Sharon’s new book MAGE which will be launched in mid-March. First let me say I loved it; I reckon it has something for everyone. Because our chat was mobile to mobile there are some digital crackles, but it is enough to whet your appetite for more of what MAGE offers.

Sharon is an urbanist and activist with a background in grassroots environmental work, particularly with Urban Ecology Australia in the ecological cities movement, and as a cofounder of the Post Growth Institute. She has worked in State government in South Australia for twenty years, in roles including environmental planning, greening of government, resource efficiency and collaborative economy.

Sharon set up Share Adelaide in 2012 to map local community sharing activitycurate community based sharing ideas and news for South Australia, including national and international content, and wrote about her experiences and discoveries on communication and behaviour change for sustainability at Cruxcatalyst.

Sharon was selected as a Sharing Cities Fellow in 2016 by US-based Shareable to collaborate on producing a book, contributing to the Housing and Mobility chapters of ‘Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons’, and in 2017 successfully advocated for funding for community based shared fabrication spaces, including the flagship Makerspace Adelaide.

In 2020, she published her first fiction novel, MAGE, which has the tagline: ‘What if we could feel the future before it arrives?’



Importance of early learning

Part 1 and 2 of a wonderful chat I had with Mel Angel and Ned Baulderstone on the importance of early childhood learning and language and place. A fine example of what can be achieved and the benefits that can come from a collaboration with children, teachers, artists and in this case a Kaurna cultural advisor Ngaitalya Tamaru. Part 2 has Ned singing some catchy little songs that came about through that collaboration.


Indy Genoa presenter

this is the short story of Indy, in readiness for his presentation at the GENOA Re-store, Re-story seminar. The long story will follow


Indy lives in a community house in the SF Bay Area – The name of our community project is “The Perch” because we have an amazing view of the SF, the Golden Gate bridge, the ocean and the world! Tons of birds come hang out with us throughout the day. And we get to see the big picture while diving into our little pictures. it’s about living in a community that is active with supporting neighbors and people in need. We get deer visitors often and have an awesome nature reserve in our backyard (literally)