Love: Art, Ideas, Music, Politics

A book that explores what love means to us today

Love Book Cover Image

Love: Art, Ideas, Music, Politics started with a group of friends reading and talking about love…

It morphed into two love festivals, first at Minto in 2014 and then at Wollongong in 2017 where we held discussions about how to deepen solidarity and peace, build strong communities and lessen alienation and inequality. We danced and sang, wrote about love, watched films and shared meals together while trying to figure out what love means through art, ideas, music and politics.

This book was born out of the desire to keep nurturing the solidarity networks that developed out of the festivals. Nobody really wanted to go home! So we decided to invite everyone involved in the love festival to contribute to a book where we could further develop our practice and understanding of love.

“Learning to love involves conscious decisions to change what we do and to take the time necessary to mould new ways of living and being.”

Nick Southall – ‘What is Love?’

What’s in the book?

The book is an eclectic collection of musings on love that will inspire and challenge you to reflect on what love is. It includes essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, artworks, songs, photographs and drawings. This book invites readers on a journey to find out what love means to us today.

“I believe passionately that love is the answer to what ails our society, including selfishness, greed, violence and social injustice.”

Bridget Dougherty – ‘Love, a way of creating a more beautiful life’

Who are the contributors?

The book was produced and edited by members of The Love Collective, a loose network of friends who organised the reading groups and love festivals. A whole range of people have contributed words and images to the book, most of whom were involved in the love festivals and other activities. The contributors include:Milena Cifali, Nick Southall ,Annette Maguire, John Passant, Sunil Menon, Paul Spencer, John Rainford, Sheryl Wiffen, Gavin Moores, Alexander Brown, Jackie Bailey, Jodi Phillis, Perla Aura, Kristy Newton (Permablitz the Gong), Sharon Pusell, Bridget Dougherty, Shining Rainbow, Justin Westgate, Alice Kocher, Ruth Kocher, Mark Gawne, Alison Jones, Siobhan Christian, Matt Kocher, Ella Pusell, Cali Pusell, and Nina Kourea.

The book was designed with love by Justin Westgate of Antipode Studio.

… it is so urgent to retrieve the shining kernel within care from its capitalist shell, and restore its authentic and immeasurable value, by making care the touchstone of our lives and resistance.

Annette Maguire – ‘Let Us Meet by the River: Love as Regeneration’

For further information, contact Nick Southall.