What an incredible interview filmed for Permaculture Australia with Lynne Kelly (author of The Memory Code & Memory Craft) and PA member Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable
Lynne and Charlie chat about First Nation teachings, reading the landscape and the links between memory patterns and permaculture. And there is a bonus song from Charlie at the end too.
Dr Lynne Kelly is the author of 19 books, including The Memory Code and Memory Craft. She has degrees in engineering, information technology, education, and a doctorate in humanities. Lynne has spent over 40 years, in education, mostly in senior secondary classrooms. She is now an Honorary Research Associate at LaTrobe University. Lynne’s research explores the memory systems used by Indigenous and early literate cultures around the world and offers a radical purpose for ancient monuments. Songlines: the power and promise, co-authored with Dr Margo Neale, will be published in October 2020. Lynne is the current Senior Australian Memory Champion. Photo credit: Abigail Heitbaum.
Charlie Mgee Growing up in a tin shed with a veggie garden, a composting toilet and one solar panel for power in the south-west of Western Australia, Charlie lived the low-impact lifestyle from a young age and realised early on that you don’t need a lot to be happy in life. In 2011, Charlie went off the study the regenerative design process of permaculture and soon after, formed Formidable Vegetable – a new kind of band based around principles of sustainable living with the hope of inspiring people everywhere to grow their own food, raise chickens and generally make the world a better place. Charlie is currently launching a side project Not Just Charlie and has co-developed a set of Permaculture Action Cards available here. Charlie is a PA member and Patron of PA’s Permafund which provides small grants to permaculture projects across the globe.
The readings Lynne referred to during the interview include:
- Richard I. Ford. The colour of survival, Discover, 16-29.
- Alfonza Oritz. The Tewa World, and
- Patrick Nunn, The Edge of Memory on the longevity of Aboriginal stories.
Music by Formidable Vegetable can be downloaded and purchased from http://www.formidablevegetable.com/listen and purchased on Bandcamp, including the album Permaculture: A Rhymers Manual
Charlie is a member of Permaculture Australia, the national member based permaculture organisation in Australia. Join up here today to join a lively group of people getting active about solving the worlds problems through learning, sharing and practicing permaculture.
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