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Pedal-Powered Author Comes to Yarraville

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2013

20 September , 2013
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Soph & Greg bike JPEG 4MB

On Friday 20th September at 12:30pm come and hear author Greg Foyster speak about his inspiring pedal-powered detour from the rat race – Changing Gears – at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.

Cycling for more than 8 months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.

Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.

Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road.

WHAT: Greg Foyster’s Pedal-Powered Book Tour

Meet the Author & Signings

WHEN: 12:30pm Friday 20th September

WHERE: The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville

ENQUIRIES:

10 Ballarat St Yarraville VIC 3013

(03) 9689 0661

Follow the Pedal-Powered Book Tour at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangingGearsBook


Going Nowhere: Sustainable Creative Experiences and Conversations

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2012

23 November , 2012 6:00 pmto25 November , 2012 3:00 pm


“Gauge” photo by Cameron Robbins

Join us over three days at Arts House to explore the different ways that we – as artists and as audiences – can sustainably generate and share creative experiences across the globe.  Without anyone getting on a plane.

Friday 23 November – Opening Night Party (6–11pm)

  • 6pm Free Gauge performance with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
  • 7.30pm Free Pecha Kucha (bookings required)
  • 6pm–11pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth

Saturday 24 November – Think it, Talk it, Do it

  • 10am–12pm $10* Responsible Mobility Workshop
  • 12pm–2pm Free Gauge (incl. performance at 1.30)/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 2pm–4pm $10* Ideas Lab
  • 5pm–6.30pm $10* New modes of Cultural Exchange Public Forum

* $20 day pass available to all sessions

Sunday 25 November – Forage & Feed

  • 9.30am–12.30pm $15 Food Foraging
  • 12pm–3pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 1pm–3pm Free Sunday Lunch with eco-poets (bookings required)
Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November, Arts House, Meat Market

>> Download the Going Nowhere program
>> Visit the website for more details and bookings


Walking Maps for the Holidays

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on December 23rd, 2011

From the Victoria Walks December Newsletter:

How about letting your own two feet take you on a few adventures these holidays? There’s no better way to get the wind in your hair while taking a sticky beak at what’s going on around you.

If you’re heading out of town:

Or, if you’re wandering closer to Melbourne:

Better still, show off your own walks to by creating a walk on www.walkingmaps.com.au!

Check out the Victoria Walks site.


National Ride to Work Day, 15 October

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on October 8th, 2008

Please find a message below from Bike Safe. The accident they refer to was also commented on in the media in this post.

Wednesday October 15th is National Ride to Work Day. On September 18th this year a young cyclist lost her life on Swanston street. She was an experienced cyclist who rode to work everyday.

If you share concerns about the safety of Swanston street for cyclists we invite you to join us on National Ride to Work Day (October 15th). There will be a group meeting on Swanston Street at the front of the State Library at 8:00am. At 8:10am the group will ride slowly down Swanston Street to the Melbourne Town Hall. Here the group will stop for one minute of silence in respect for a life lost and as a hopeful gesture for change.

You are encouraged to leave a flower at the site of the accident (the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets) as we make our way to the Town Hall. Pedestrians are welcome to join the group on the day.


Walktober – Walking changes your world!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 16th, 2008