David Holmgren uses storytelling to communicate empowering action in difficult times. This complements his dual focus on permaculture theory and practice. This ‘Aussie Street’ story is a permaculture soap opera from the 1950s to the 2020s. It evolved from his earlier presentations (2005-2017) and the more in-depth text in RetroSuburbia: the Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018), and was the inspiration for this collaboration with RetroSuburbia editor Beck Lowe and illustrator Brenna Quinlan into literature for children.
Beck has interpreted David’s adult story through the eyes of the kids living in Aussie Street. In the process she captures the straightforward style of childhood diaries: telling the ups and downs of daily life. Brenna faithfully represents the feel and detail of each decade to help today’s kids imagine the childhood of their parents and grandparents, as they grapple with the creative options for an abundant future where they live.