I’ll be speaking at this year’s Little Green Gathering at The Sustainability Centre (hm, it might be sustainable but it’s also the worst website I’ve seen in a while, sadly), Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1HR. Tickets for camping space are still available, at £40 for the whole weekend (concessions: £25). You can apply by post or via an online booking form.
I’ve not been to the gathering before and I’m not sure what to expect. When I looked at their website this morning, I was pleased to see that it wasn’t exclusive to the Green Party. I was less pleased to hear that various religious folk are allowed to perform their arcane rituals there too, pagans and Abrahamic faiths alike. I’m into science myself. Oh well.
So far, the complete list of speakers is: Caroline Allen (Green Party Policy Group), Pippa Bartolotti (Leader Wales Green Party), Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leadership candidate), David Brindley (Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral – boo! No links from me for people with imaginary friends!), Stuart Jeffery (Green Party Policy Co-Ordinator), Jenny Jones AM (London Green Party), Tony Juniper (Green Party), Bruce Kent (Peace Campaigner), Ben McLeish (Zeigeist), John Molyneux (Socialist Workers’ Party), Alex Phillips (Green Party Deputy Leadership Candidate), A. M. Poppy (Green Party), Steve Radford (Alliance for Green Socialism), Wendy Savage (NHS Campaigner), Melanie Strickland (Occupy), Phil Thornhill (Director of CACC), George Barda (Occupy).
I’ll be speaking at a “What Next?” session between 11:30am and 12:30pm on Sunday 12th August on the main stage. This is billed as being a bit of fun. On the crystal ball gazing panel with me will be Pippa Bertalotti and Steve Radford. I’ll also be speaking between 3:00-4:30pm, again on the main stage, about Occupy the London Stock Exchange. I almost feel sorry for Melanie Strickland and George Barda, who have to follow me. After we’ve each spoken, there’ll be a question and answer session. I’m not going to reveal the content of my contributions before the day but suffice it to say that I will be focusing on the need for acumen, specificity and accuracy!