Charlotte Du Cann: a working life

Born: London, 1956
Education: English Lit and Lang (Birmingham University)
Tel: 01502 722419

Journalism: Worked as journalist and editor for 12 years in newspapers and magazines, specialising in consumerism, lifestyle and the shift of cultural values – art, design, fashion, houses, food, travel etc. Publications include The Independent, The Observer, Harpers & Queen, New Statesman. More recently: columnist for the Eastern Daily Press (OneWorldColumn) and culture of nature magazine, EarthLines (Life in Transition). Editor-in-Chief of grassroots newspaper, Transition Free Press. Freelance articles for the Guardian and Bella Caledonia.
Books: published 10 non-fiction books ranging from style guides (Vogue’s Modern Style) and travel books about downshifting (Reality is the Bug That Bit Me in the Galapagos), from essays on food and society (Offal and the New Brutalism) to explorations into the relationship between the earth and the human imagination (52 Flowers That Shook My World). Editor on Playing for Time - Making Art as if the World Mattered (author Lucy Neal). Art Editor/editor for Dark Mountain Books.
Event management: worked as stylist/creative director with photographic teams for 12 years. Performed own work in concerts and readings whilst on the road. Worked as a manager for community arts centre (Halesworth) in charge of theatre and gallery. Ran community projects including film programme, weekly botanical exhibition (Southwold Museum) and Transition events in Norwich and Bungay. Experience in working in festivals from Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Latitude (recycling management), Transition Conference (media team) and Uncivilisation (curator). Organiser of Dark Mountain events.
Press and Publicity: worked in press and publicity for arts and environmental organisations. Experience in communicating with local radio and newspapers and collaborating with graphic designers (magazines, posters, programmes, websites). Given talks, readings and workshops on: grassroots journalism, communications, Transition movement, plant medicine, Earth dreaming.
Knowledge base: hands-on knowledge of the arts, literature, food, mythology, spirituality, medicine plants, nature, cultural shifts. Direct working knowledge of what it takes to powerdown from modern city-based consumerism to low-carbon living (including inner work). Worldwide travel for work, mostly Americas. Experience of living in sustainable communities.
Assets: organisation, flair, vision, direction. Creative and practical working with groups under pressure. Ability to communicate and collaborate with many kinds of people in all kinds of situations. Good at interviewing, making meaning and connections, synthesis, initiation of projects, performance. Regeneration of space. 
II RESUME 1978-2013

1978-1990 Work in mainstream media.

1978 Begin work as editorial assistant on children’s magazine for Puffin Books.
1979 Vogue magazine talent contest winner. Consequently became an in-house writer and shopping editor.
1981-4 Freelance and contract work as features writer and creative director, including Children’s Editor (Sunday Express magazine), Design Editor (Observer magazine), Art and Crafts Editor (World of Interiors), Style correspondent (Harper’s & Queen). Produce many photographic shoots with text: portraits, houses, food, fashion, travel.
Write books, including Modern Style for Vogue Books and a collection of essays on food and society called Offal and the New Brutalism (Heinemann).
1984 Write experimental memoir, Troy, in Italy.
1985-8 Beauty editor for Tatler. Food and Design editor for ELLE (also features writer – travel, interviews with artists and authors). Freelance articles for many publications ranging from the Sunday Times to the New Statesman.
1989-90 Fashion editor for The Independent.
1991 Commissioned to write Reality is the Bug that Bit me in the Galapagos (HarperCollins). Consequently leave England to travel, write and perform.


1991- 2001 Travel throughout Central, South and North America, Australia, Europe, investigating the creative partnership between human beings and the wild territories of the earth. Work as a writer and performer in independent and collaborative creative projects with others.
1994 Publication of Reality.
1996 Found Volcano Books and publish The Raven Flies Upside Down (writer/illustrator); Solarr’s Keys, Beyond Zipolite (editor)
1998 Begin formal inquiry into the nature of dreams and relationship between plants and the human imagination (The Dreaming Practice, Plant Communications, Earth Medicine Show)
2000-1 Work in the desert of Arizona with wild medicinal plants (The Snake Sequence, The Speaking Bush)

2002-07 Collate work for a trilogy on communications between human beings and the earth
2004  Wild Flower Collective at the Southwold Museum. Manager and press and publicity officer for The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth.
2005-6 Vol 1: The Earth Dreaming Bank. Press and publicity officer and venue manager for Aldeburgh Poetry Trust. Vol 3: Speaking with the Heart (workbook)
2007-8 Vol 2: 52 Flowers That Shook My World. The Sea Kale Project, a photographic and textual exploration of the Suffolk coast from Lowestoft to Felixstowe. Food and Sustainability Editor for Inspirations magazine (bi-monthly supplement)

2008-2013 Join Transition movement and initiate grassroots communications, networks and projects. 400+ blogs written in these years.
2008 Create online reportage for Transition Norwich and start collaborative book, One Planet Community Kitchen.
2009 Found and edit This Low Carbon Life, a collaborative daily blog which runs for three years
2011 Found and edit Social Reporting Project, a collaborative blog for Transition Network.
2012 Found and edit Transition Free Press, new quarterly newspaper. Publish 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth (Two Ravens Press). Contributor Dark Mountain Issue 3. Columnist for EarthLines magazine (Life in Transition).

Expand work as an editor and freelance writer and giving workshops on 'Earth Dialogues', mythology and grassroot communications
2012-14 Editor-in-Chief Transition Free Press. Editor for Playing for TimeMaking Art as if the World Mattered (with author Lucy Neal), funded by Arts Council and Transition Network. Art Editor, editor and book distributor for Dark Mountain Project. Curator of Literary Stage, Uncivilisation Festival.
2015 Co-found The Grassroots Directory with Mark Watson. 

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