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.

With a Pen

With your pen,
warm ink,
heat is a friend –
write your day
every day unhiding something
there’s a fearsome nothingness
that roars, only when you listen.
A chasm of pure dark
that is content with dissatisfaction
so write and hear –
here are no leaders, no followers,
here are no fears and no light.
Some eyes blink,
eyes that don’t
yet the light stays the same,
perspective is your choice
so write,
draw,
face the chasm.
No absence of light
highlights this
is something
that shredded you,
not something to hide.
This is a thing.
More than just a part of you,
it shows that within,
there was strength
and you didn’t let go
of that light.
Reflect the silence,
embrace the echo,
more than the light,
beyond the edge of the shadow,
owning it,
taking presence beyond
the skin and sinews,
simmering a part of your being
and knowing it takes
a moment to caress
into the light
with ink and the absurdity of words,
and ignite the story
into love.