Patrick Jones (activist)

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Dr Patrick Jones giving his keynote address at the 2016 International Indigenous Allied Health Conference, Cairns, Australia

Patrick Jones (born 1970) is a public speaker, environmental commentator,[1] and author of Words & Things (2004),[2] A Free-dragging Manifesto (2008)[3] and The Art of Free Travel (2015),[4][5][6][7] which he co-authored with Meg Ulman.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Sydney in 1970 to Anglo-Australian parents, Jones grew up in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. He holds three degrees in the arts including a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University for his thesis Walking for food: regaining permapoesis (2013).[8]


Jones infrequently travels to speak and share his work at festivals, conferences and other events. He is a pioneer of arts practice that participates in what it represents,[9] which he calls "permanent making", or "permapoesis"[10][11] – an antidote to disposibility culture. Influenced by permaculture ethics and principles, Jones began to merge his biophysical art, performance, land art and poetry with permaculture design principles in 2008. The garden-home Jones and Ulman are making in Daylesford is a performative, social and teaching environment of food and energy production demonstrating the arts and crafts of what they call neopeasant economics.[12] They have built small dwellings to host and mentor what they call SWAPs (social warming artists and permaculturists), their version of WWOOFing. Jones and Ulman are community gardeners who organise events and visiting speakers to Daylesford.[13] In 2015 they co-authored The Art of Free Travel[14][15](NewSouth), about their collective, Artist as Family’s,[16] 14 month bicycle trip up the east coast of Australia, guerrilla camping and documenting all the free foods that can be procured by foraging, hunting, fishing, gleaning and bartering.[17] The Art of Free Travel was shortlisted for an ABIA award in 2016.[18] Jones' radical call-to-ecology poem, Step by step, was awarded runner-up of the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets.[19] Poet-academic, Peter Minter, writing on Jones's poem, states that "Jones forces us to grapple with a specific set of poethical considerations: how does language-use contribute to the violence of colonisation and machineries and economies of ecological destruction?"[20]

Personal life[edit]

Jones has lived In Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria for the past two decades. He lived in Lyonville, Victoria from 1995-2005 with Mel Ogden to which he shares a son. He has lived in Daylesford, Victoria with Meg Ulman since 2006. Together they have one son.[21]


  1. ^ Jones, Patrick (2016-01-26). "Cyclists are climate-change heroes but we are often treated as villains". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  2. ^ Stuart, James (7 December 2004). "James Stuart reviews Words and Things". Cordite Poetry Review. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jacket 36 - Late 2008 - Patrick Jones and Peter O'Mara: «How To Do Words With Things», reviewed by Astrid Lorange". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  4. ^ "The Art of Free Travel". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Art of Free Travel with Patrick Jones". Sustainable World Radio. 2016-06-19. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  6. ^ Victoria. "No car, no worries: meet the family travelling Australia for free". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  7. ^ By John PowerAustralia2016-03-16 02:20:51 UTC (2016-03-16). "Couple cycles 6,000 kilometres eating roadkill, plants and fish". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Walking for food : regaining permapoesis | UWS ResearchDirect". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Permeate: Patrick Jones - Off Track - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  10. ^ Jones, Patrick (2009-08-01). "Free-dragging, Slow Text and Permapoesis". Angelaki. 14 (2): 93–106. doi:10.1080/09697250903281954. ISSN 0969-725X. 
  11. ^ Jones, Patrick (30 October 2013). "Walking for food". Western Sydney University. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Aussie family taking on our consumerist culture". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures". YouTube. 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Book review: The Art of Free Travel". Cycle Traveller. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  15. ^ "Frugal Family Adventure - Blueprint for Living - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  16. ^ Jones, Patrick (2010). "Permapoesis and Artist as Family". PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature. 7. 
  17. ^ Burin, Margaret (2015-01-16). "Living on road kill and bush tucker: One family's epic cycling adventure - ABC Ballarat - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  18. ^ May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02). "Announcing the ABIA Book shortlist - Australian Book Industry Awards". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  19. ^ Jones, Patrick. "Step by Step | 207 Winter 2012 | Patrick Jones | Overland literary journal". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  20. ^ Minter, Peter. "The 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets | 206 Autumn 2012 | Peter Minter | Overland literary journal". Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  21. ^ "Pioneers of our carbon neutral future | Centre for Climate Safety". Retrieved 2017-02-05.