Paradise is Here: Building Community Around Things That Matter

Paradise is Here: Building Community Around Things That Matter

This 80 page book, described as 'nothing short of inspirational' by author Fiona Reynolds, shares guiding principles, practical advice and real-world examples to show how community projects can reconnect people with their creativity and environment, and help shape local futures.

Written by Ruth Nutter, with a preface by Guild Master Dr Rachel Dickinson and a foreword by author Lucy Neal.

Ruth Nutter is a Sheffield-based freelance Creative Producer, responsible for delivering award-winning cultural programmes in Sheffield and London which lay the foundations for social change.  She was a contributing writer on 'Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered' by Lucy Neal (Oberon).

It has been warmly endorsed by leading figures:

“This book is nothing short of inspirational.  John Ruskin wanted to do something remarkable for Sheffield, and the work described here is remarkable too: and steeped in his values.  This wonderfully engaging range of activities energised curiosity, life and joy among communities across Sheffield, and provide a model for all people, everywhere."  Fiona Reynolds, former Director General of the National Trust; author of The Fight for Beauty (Oneworld)

 “This is a wonderful record of an inspired and inspiring project. But it is above all a generous and practical how-to guide, in the spirit of John Ruskin. Anyone with the seed of an idea for change should use this book to help bring that idea to life in their own community.” Andrew Hill, columnist, Financial Times; author of Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World (Pallas Athene)

“An essential read for all those seeking to release the potential of civic heritage, in service of the social and environmental justice issues of today.  Combining case studies, principles and practical guidance, it draws on Ruskin and his historic context to tell a vivid and inspiring story of community connection and creativity”   Hilary Jennings, Co-Director of the Happy Museum Project