Project name: The Long View
Participants/target group: 10 women of colour, and by extension their children, through the women’s charity Aurora Trinity Collective. The majority of these women have sought asylum in Cardiff, a city of sanctuary.  

Project description:  

The Long View takes its name from the idea that looking out to the horizon and beyond is beneficial to our well-being. The project will be co-delivered by Taylor Edmonds and Nasia Sarwar-Skuse. It combines physically visiting nature spaces in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, with creative writing workshop activities and storytelling to create a sense of belonging for participants and to claim space in their environment.

It is well documented that women of colour feel excluded from accessing nature and landscape, especially women that have had to leave their home country and make a new place their home.  The  project will encourage the participants to write themselves into their environment in spaces where they have historically been excluded, by exploring their sense of belonging, community, and connection to the natural environment. 

During the project we will take a geographical map, explore local locations such as parks or beaches, then create a visual counter, personal map and creative response by oral storytelling and written creative pieces, as well as documenting the journey. The end of the project will culminate in a poem-film documented and edited by the group, as well as a Zine made by Made in Roath, containing the written and transcribed work, and visual art created by the personal maps.  

“I’d like our participants to use nature and creativity to carve out space for themselves in their local environment. To feel nourished and empowered to write and connect with green spaces.” – Taylor Edmonds 

“A connection with nature and the environment is essential to our well-being, yet it often feels like a privilege afforded by a select few. It is hoped that our project will make these spaces more accessible for the participants, enabling them to explore them on their own terms.” – Nasia Sarwar-Skuse

Artist biographies: 

Taylor Edmonds is the Poet in Residence for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. She has worked as a writer and creative facilitator in Wales for over three years. In 2020 she received one of Literature Wales’ Rising Stars Awards. She is a team member of Where I’m Coming From, a community-focused platform for underrepresented writers in Wales. 

Nasia Sarwar-Skuse is a writer and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She has been working as a creative writing facilitator for three years and is passionate about the presence of authenticity in literature by ethnic voices and its intersections with diaspora, gender, and memory. Nasia was awarded the Writers’ Bursary by Literature Wales in 2019. Her work has appeared in a number of publications. 

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