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Author Talk | ‘Commune’ by Olive Jones

November 8, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Commune is a new biography by Olive Jones, exploring her years living at Graham Downs, an alternative community near Nelson. Join us for a conversation with Olive about the highs and lows of communal living, and what her experiences can teach us about sustainability and community today, followed by book signing.

All welcome, refreshments provided. Arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

This event is free to attend – please RSVP to rsvp@scorpiobooks.co.nz for catering purposes.


In 1979, teenager Olive Jones was one of a group of hippies, idealists, and subsistence farmers that set up an alternative community in the Motueka Valley near Nelson. Influenced by the countercultural movement sweeping the country during the 1970s and 80s, they were part of a widespread interest in communal living, a generation of young people inspired to reject mainstream culture. In her deeply personal memoir, Commune, Olive recalls the dreams, the madness, the humour and hard work of this hugely rewarding experience, but too, the ultimate demise of this utopian experiment.


November 8, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Scorpio Books


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Christchurch, New Zealand
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