Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest:
I’m a participatory artist, creative facilitator and permaculture designer based north of Manchester. I am curious and inquisitive, and I love to learn so throughout my life I have continually diversified my skills seeking new ways to develop and grow. I have particular interest in the way that an open, creative approach can help to build regenerative cultures in a wide range of settings. From imaginative adventures with the youngest children to artistic discovery with older people living with dementia at the end of life – I have a wide range of experience developing and delivering projects in theatres and creative spaces, but also in hospitals, schools, gardens, blocks of flats… Anywhere that the spark of imagination is given space to ignite endless possibilities.
I love stories so it will come as no surprise that I began my working life as a theatre director. From this starting point I began a creative journey which has now lasted for more than twenty years. Now my professional life is a mixture of running my own creative business, Small Things Creative Projects, and working on a range of projects for many different organisations and partners in a freelance capacity. At the foundation of everything that I do is an exploration of stories – the ones we tell, the ones we would like to tell, and the ones that we haven’t even imagined yet.
I am a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the RSA, and an accredited Relational Dynamics Coach. I am also co-ordinator for a community group working to maintain and improve 120 acres of meadows and woodland at the point where the River Roch and River Irwell converge in Bury, North Manchester.
You can explore my Diploma Portfolio here: https://lizpostlethwaite.co.uk/permaculture-diploma/
You can explore the work that my company does here: https://smallthings.org.uk/
Areas of Permaculture Design Experience:
- Arts and culture projects
- Community engagement / participation
- Activism and community organising
- Permaculture for children, young people and families
- Urban greenspaces - community led design and management
- Urban gardens and allotments
- Health and wellbeing
- Learning and courses - design and facilitation
- Personal development / coaching