Project name: O Mam Fach!
Participants: Plant Dewi, People Speak Up, Anne Phillips & Jenny Wren
Lead artist: Rufus Mufasa
Created and engaged with digital safe spaces for mothers to connect with community and creativity that stirs change. For mothers to testify to the times, for their voices and stories to be honoured, elevated and take up space in language and literature. The project experimented with cross art disciplines to create pioneering poetry for the digital realms, and also worked towards an exciting anthology while launching a brand new quarterly publication – O Mam Fach.
Working with Plant Dewi, supported by People Speak Up, this ambitious project not only captured some of the most neglected superheroes of the pandemic, but it also planned to honour and celebrate motherhood and ramp up resilience, through creatively & empowerment. This in turn feeds directly back into our communities and readdresses so many fractured frameworks that are part of motherhood’s culture that really aren’t serving us well.
In addition, Rufus also mentored poet Anne Phillips in participatory arts, and together they edited and shaped the manuscripts for publication. Jenny Wren also supported the project, with holistic approaches to healing and frameworks that promote the divine feminine.
Rufus Mufasa is a pioneering participatory artist, literary activist, poet, rapper, singer songwriter, theatre maker, and last but not least, Mother. From Barbican Fellow to the first Future Generations Act Poet in Residence, Rufus also works internationally, securing literary residencies from Hay Literature Festival to Sweden, Finland, Indonesian, and most recently Zimbabwe, but always returns to People Speak Up in Llanelli, Wales, promoting hip hop education, performance poetry and intergenerational development. A Hull ’19 artist in conjunction with BBC Contains Strong Language, her full poetry collection titled Flashbacks and Flowers, drops this year with Indigo Dreams, and her second album is also due. Rufus’ work explores motherhood, the spirituality of ancestry, class, climate chaos, and transgenerational/trapped trauma.
“Providing safe spaces for mothers to process the pandemic, to write for wellbeing, poetry that will implement changes, peaceful protest that challenges the frontline of motherhood, stories that take up space, space that we change, within, around & in literature. Organisations, artists, individuals and communities will all have opportunities to learn alongside one another. Personal and professional development for all is at the heart of this collaboration, along with legacy and love.”