Faces of Alternatiba Tod

Members of Team Alternatiba Tod 2015

Members of Team Alternatiba Tod 2015

Members of Team Alternatiba Todmorden 2015 at a meeting:

(from left to right)
  • Janet Rogers

  • Rob Baylis

  • Ben Campbell

  • Hilary Wilson

  • Joe Mobbs


Joe Mobbs

Joe Mobbs

Joe participated in the original Alternatiba Festival in Bayonne in the French Basque country and brought the idea back with him to the UK.

He volunteers regularly for and is the secretary of the Incredible Edible Todmorden community group.

He is doing a course run by the Transition Network called One Year in Transition about finding a sustainable livelihood.

An aficionado of open source software and systems, he also likes judo and hiking.

Joe started organising Alternatiba Todmorden and is one of the principle contributors.

Feel free to drop Joe a line: joe@altertod.eu

Joe will lead a conference What’s Alternatiba About? 3.30-4 pm, Commitee Room C, Town Hall



Oxana Poberejnaia

Oxana Poberejnaia

Oxana is looking after Alternatiba’s Twitter account and website. She is a content writer and a social networking site specialist for small businesses.

Oxana teaches at Todmorden Frame Drum Group, and leads Incidentals, the performing arm of the group.

Oxana is a published poet, prose writer and an exhibiting artist.

Oxana moved to Todmorden in 2008 from Manchester where she worked in The University of Manchester and volunteered in sustainability and human rights.

In Todmorden, Oxana has worked and volunteered with community organisations.

Oxana will be reading her climate change poetry at Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden, 4-7.30 pm, Fundevogel arts cafe at I Salford Way, OL14 7LF
and will perform with her all-woman frame drum band called Incidentals in Pollination Street marquee, at 3 pm

Steve Nash


Steve Nash

Steve Nash is a writer, lecturer, poetry editor, and musician (of sorts), based in Sowerby Bridge.

Steve’s work has been published widely, and internationally.

His first collection, Taking the Long Way Home, published by Stairwell Books, has been called ‘The work of a rare artist with a fire in his head,’ and ‘an important addition to poetry in the English language’.

Steve is a regular headliner at events and festivals, and he recently won the Saboteur Award for Performer of the Year, winning from a shortlist that included Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish.

Steve will headline Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden, 4-7.30 pm, Fundevogel arts cafe at I Salford Way, OL14 7LF


Laura Blake

Laura Blake

Laura Blake – Food and Diets Researcher

Laura has an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and an MSc in Food Security. During her studies she covered topics such as public health, agriculture, climate change and food governance.

She researched obesity and developing countries (the nutrition transition); and the interactions among global human population, livestock production systems and sustainability.

She believes that food issues should be tackled holistically – addressing health requirements, social justice issues and environmental sustainability together.

Laura will lead a session The relative impacts of food choices on our health and the environment, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm,
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Todmorden

Philip James

Philip James

Philip James – Energy Systems Researcher

Having completed a doctorate studying strategies for low and zero carbon homes, Philip was keen to get involved in research looking at the energy system as a whole.

He is interested in the ways we can reduce our energy demand and make it more flexible, and is working to understand how we can match demand with a decarbonised energy supply.

As part of ZCB he has also really enjoyed researching how our future energy and land use systems might interact.

Philip will lead a session Energy systems in a Zero Carbon Britain, 3.30-4 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall

Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes

lives in Halifax. She is a free-lance writer and creative writing tutor who works with schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the West Yorkshire region.

She runs ‘Igniting The Spark’, a weekly writing workshop at Dean Clough, Halifax.
She has had two full length poetry collections published by Comma Press: Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed (2006) and Lifting The Piano With One Hand (2013).
She is currently working on her third collection which will, amongst other things, deal with gaps, sink holes, taxidermy and broad beans.

Gaia is a featured poet at Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden, 4-7.30 pm, Fundevogel arts cafe at I Salford Way, OL14 7LF


Paulo Marini

Paulo Marini

is a project developer and systems designer.

He is part of the Aquaponics Lab ( aquaponicslab.org ) a dedicated team developing open source technologies for food production.

The organization goal is to release the knowledge necessary for a Collaborative Commons for Local and Sustainable Food Production.
Aquaponics produces fish and plants in water, allowing for vertical plant growing and high fish densities with gains in energy and water consumption.

Paulo Marini will lead a session Open Farm Technologies: Aquaponics, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at Committee Room C, Town Hall, Todmorden


Simon Zonenblick

Simon Zonenblick

was born in Leeds and studied at the city’s art college, and has worked in mental health, social services, education, retail and library services in West Yorkshire and across London, but since 2012 has lived in Sowerby Bridge.

He also works occasionally as a gardener and has a Diploma in Horticulture, experiences that have informed some of the writing on his website Ryburn Ramblings https://sites.google.com/site/ryburnramblings/home which features essays and reviews of poetry, nature and local history, as well as poetry by other poets in the local area.
Simon has been involved in various local arts events and groups, and is the author of two collections of poetry: Little Creatures – Poetry of Insetcs, Small Mammals, and Micro-organisms (Caterpillar Poetry, 2013) and Random Journeys (The Unpretentious Arts, 2014).

Simon is a featured poet at Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden, 4-7.30 pm, Fundevogel arts cafe at I Salford Way, OL14 7LF

Victoria Woods

Victoria Woods

Phill Dewhurst and Victoria Woods

from Offshoots in Burnley will introduce

Permaculture and Offshoots,
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm at
Committee Room C, Town Hall

John Siddique

John Siddique

John Siddique

is the author of six books, the most recent of which is Full Blood. His work has featured in many places, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review and BBC RADIO4. The Spectator refers to him as ‘A stellar British poet.’ The Times of India calls him ‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.’ John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St. John University. A new book will be published later this year. www.johnsiddique.co.uk

John Siddique is
Fellow Royal Society Arts 
Royal Literary Fund Fellow


John is a featured poet at Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden, 4-7.30 pm, Fundevogel arts cafe at I Salford Way, OL14 7LF