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Black Nature in Residence

The project:

identity on tyne in partnership with Northumberland National Park, Harehope Quarry Project, Durham Wildlife Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust are offering the opportunity for four writers of colour to be in residence in the North East countryside.

This in a writers in residence project which will focus on people of colour’s relationship with the natural world; to look beyond the beauty of places to discover the hidden histories within.

Over a period of 20 days, each writer with engage with the specific natural heritage sites as well as the visitors, staff and volunteers, exploring the area’s industrial and social heritage, and how people’s actions and events have helped shape the landscape. Collecting stories and information and experiences.

With additional individual writing time, each writer will produce a piece of written work of any genre of approximately 2000 words to be shared at a public event at their given site as well as a regional cultural gathering with Black British Nature writers.

The aims of the project:

* to provide professional opportunities for emerging and established writers of colour in the region to develop their expertise as well as raise their profile
* to promote the development of a relationship with regional natural heritage by people of colour
* to remove some of the barriers which prevent people of colour from venturing into the British countryside
* to develop a language and share our stories of experiences with nature
* to promote the protection and stewardship of the land amongst diverse groups of people

Recipes


A recipe for happiness

An autumn sun ( morning).

A little mist draped over purple mountains.

Birds singing from orange bracken.

Strong black coffee taken in my traveling home.

A pen moving across the painted page.

My heart in the right place –

– the centre of me.

Blackness in the Landscape

Autumn is my season.

You’ll find me taking up more space in the landscape as I easy into the season.

This time, with the changing colours and temperatures, is my time to shine.

My time to expand.

So it makes sense to be working on pulling together my final creations for my residency with Northumberland National Park.

In all honesty, I feel as if I’m just beginning. Just scratching the surface.

I’m thinking I’m going to stay in residence indefinitely. Just take up the space.

Claim the space as my own. Just like when I venture out into nature and connect with her as kin.

As my birthright.

The Black Nature in Residence Showcase

As we near the end of our residencies, it gives us great pleasure to share with you an event planned to mark the occasion.

Thursday 28 October, 6.30-8.00pm, there will be a live reading/ presentation/conversation about our time in residence on Zoom.

We made sure we stayed safe during our time working with our respective partners, and that’s not going to change at the end.

Come along to a virtual evening of words and voices and shares as we explore the highs and lows of our experiences of being Black and Brown and People of Colour in and writing about nature.

After this live virtual event, an online exhibition will go live on this website, showcasing our visual creations in residence.

And keep checking back, as come the end of November, the Black Nature in Residence Zine will be launched here too, presenting our creations.

You can grab a ticket for the final event here.