Earlier this week we held our first Light Prints event of 2016 – a book group session that took place at the fabulous Aardvark Books (www.aardvark-books.com) If you have never been to Aardvark Books, then I would thoroughly recommend a visit. Tucked away amid the Herefordshire fields, it is a booklover’s paradise - room after room packed floor to ceiling with new and second hand-books. A word of warning though: time does seem to disappear with extraordinary speed whenever I find myself browsing for treasure amongst the Aardvark shelves…
We are incredibly grateful to Sheridan, Sarah and the Aardvark’s team for providing the perfect setting for us to discuss a truly remarkable book – The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono. It is a deceptive tale, in that the apparently simple (and short) story contains a great many profound messages and themes. For those of you who are interested in the book, you can find a copyright-free translation online at: http://www.perso.ch/arboretum/Man_Tree.htm
The original was written in French and the author made it freely available without copyright restrictions, in order to encourage as many people as possible to engage with the messages that the story aims to convey.
The Man Who Planted Trees is, at its heart, a book about the potential opportunities that we all have to make a significant positive impact on the world around us. During our discussion group, we took some time to consider ‘real-life’ examples from across the globe, of small actions making big change possible. For an inspiring read, you can learn more about some of these projects at the following links:
Reading Jean Giono’s beautiful story was particularly poignant, given that this week’s session represents another step in the growth of our own Light Prints project, which we hope will (in a small way) make a positive impact on our local community. We are aiming to hold our next Light Prints book group in July and we will be circulating further details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with all our Light Prints news via our website, Facebook page or Twitter account. We will also be publishing some suggested discussion notes for The Man Who Planted Trees on our new ‘Resources’ page in the not too distant future, for those of you who are inspired to read the book yourself or maybe even start your own book group.