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Voices from a disused quarry now captured in a book.

A BOOK, Voices from a disused quarry - an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology, is the culmination of a three-year oral history project involving over 150 local people, as well as the National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, The People's Collection of Wales and the University of Aberystwyth.

The project also featured artists, archivists and performers, and included a special edition of Radio 4's The Reunion.

The book by Allan Shepherd explores the history of the world-renowned environmental charity and the challenges and opportunities it has encountered though-out its 40 years.

It will be launched at the Small Is festival at the Centre for Alternative Technology, near Machynlleth, from September 4-6. Allan said: "The Small Is festival is a fitting place to launch a history book about CAT and we're excited to be hosting a dynamic young festival bringing together artists, thinkers and doers working towards creating a better environmental future, while reflecting on the past listening to the voices from a disused quarry collected through CAT's oral history project."

More than 60 people interviewed for the oral history project are featured in the book, published tomorrow, which explores many aspects of CAT's work, as well as its place in Wales and its role within the environmental movement.

"The project was one of the best things I've been involved with. It was a pleasure interviewing so many interesting people and working with these great institutions within Wales. We'd like to do more work with the interviews because they contain the collective wisdom of many years of experience, which I think is relevant to a great many people. CAT is a fascinating place. Why did it start on a disused quarry in a small valley in mid-Wales?

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2015
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