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I am an author, research interviewer, oral historian and the publisher at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
2016 was a busy year. Amongst other things I completed two social research interview projects for Frameworks, published the new Zero Carbon Britain report Making it Happen and co-ordinated the Cambridge Open Eco Homes project. I also chaired the first meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Special Interest Group (ECCSIG) of the Oral History Society and provided interview technique training for the Public Interest Research Council.
I am currently on sabbatical developing new projects in all these fields and hope to start work on a novel in January.
I created the three year oral history project Voices from a disused quarry, co-ordinating the recording and archiving of over 80 interviews, an artist residency programme and a series of outreach events, performances, talks and workshops around the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Alternative Technology. I wrote the book Voices from a disused quarry: an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology and a peer-reviewed academic paper for the Oral History Journal (Autumn 2015, Vol. 43, No. 2) entitled Change Making, Class Dynamics and technological experimentation at the Centre for Alternative Technology. For more information visit archive.cat.org.uk
I have many years experience as an organic garden writer, writing columns for Garden News and The Guardian, and several books for CAT and Harper Collins, including The Little Book of Compost, which was translated into three languages. I was shortlisted for two awards by the Garden Media Guild for best columnist for my Garden News columns and inspirational book of the year for my Harper Collins title The Organic Garden. You can find much of my work here in this blog but you can also watch my take on organic gardening in these two organic gardening technique videos I made with now Guardian Environment Editor Adam Vaughan at Ryton Organic Gardens.