Welcome to Permaculture Traveller: a permaculture-writing symbiosis. This blog is a nursery bed for ideas on integrating permaculture with writing. In these pages you’ll find an eclectic mix of commentary on literature, sewing, growing, seed-saving, writing and travel.
My name is Nina Gartrell. I’m a Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) candidate with the Faculty of Arts and Business and the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
I will be using this blog to document my research on cultivating permaculture-travel memoir.
The concept for my doctoral research is to write a permaculture-travel memoir about the flightless journey from England to Australia that my partner and I undertook in 2012-2013. The creative artefact will be called Seed: The Art and Mystery of Permatravel.
For me writing the memoir is an opportunity to imaginatively re-inhabit the places I visited during that journey – and reconnect (imaginatively) with the remarkable people whom I met – the many WWOOF, Couch Surfing, WorkX and AirBnB hosts – and the diverse landscapes I inhabited with them: fincas, farms, cottages, islands, mountains, gorges, cities…
I want to learn more about those people and places, supplementing my experiential understanding with book learning on cultural history, natural history, political history, environmental anthropology, ethnoecology…
The innovation of my research is that I’ll be applying permaculture design to the process of researching and writing a permaculture-travel memoir.
What I am attempting to do is develop a blueprint of an integrated permaculture-writing practice: to develop a form, and a process, that works with, and responds creatively to the twelve principles of permaculture design.
These principles are:
Observe and Interact
Catch and Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback
Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
Produce no Waste
Design from Pattern to Details
Integrate, Rather than Segregate
Use Small and Slow Solutions
Use and Value Diversity
Use Edges and Value the Marginal
Creatively Use and Respond to Change
You’ve heard of people ‘doing’ permaculture on landscapes? Well, I’m ‘doing’ permaculture on a creative arts product – a memoir.
How is it going to turn out?
I’ve no idea.
If you’re keen to find out more come along with me for the journey.
Deviations welcome. Road-blocks expected. Delays inevitable. Arrival: a far-off but enchanting possibility.