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2023 Speaker Programme


Our Speakers this year

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  • Angie Bual - Biopiracy; how corporations are stealing indigenous knowledge and patenting the natural world.

  • Gerald Miles - Breeding rare Black Oats and other precious grains in Wales that are at riskof extinction.

  • Mike Finegold - Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist will talk on how to save seed from ‘easy’ vegetables and wild plants. ​​

With poet Mark Delisser

How to save seeds from "easy" vegetables and wild flowers Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist, Mike Feingold will be talking about how to save seed and why this is important. Mike has been at the centre of Bristol’s practical permaculture community for many years. He runs a thriving community orchard at Royate Hill, where he also has his own allotment.

Mike teaches on the Shift Bristol permaculture course and co- ordinates large teams of volunteers every year to run practical permaculture areas at festivals including Glastonbury Festival.

He’s also involved in redistributing unwanted food to communities in need across the city.

Mike’s talk will focus on seed saving from ‘easy’ vegetables, as well as saving wild seed. He’ll also touch on the politics of seed saving.

Mark De'Lisser

Often taking inspiration from the natural environment, poet Mark De’Lisser weaves words that explore the ever shifting tides of the human experience. 


Born in London and now settled in Bath, Mark has written professional commissions for the Bath Abbey and Roots Allotment, and regularly collaborates with musicians.

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