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Mark Boyle: The Way Home (Tales from a life without technology)
April 9, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
“It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce.”
Mark Boyle is an Irish activist and writer best known for founding the online Freeconomy Community, and for living without money since November 2008 (hence being known as the ‘Moneyless Man’).
His new book, The Way Home, is an honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life without modern technology. It explores the hard won joys of building a home with your bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the spring, foraging and fishing.
What Mark has found is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire – much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.
Mark will be in conversation with Henry Layte, owner of the Book Hive.
Copies of The Way Home will be available for purchase and author signing.