“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past & imagine their world anew. They are a portal between one world & the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice & hatred, our avarice & dead ideas… Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” – Novelist Arundhati Roy
Brave New Words was a programme of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring Roy’s idea of stepping into a new way of looking at the world, and ourselves in it, through writing.
Although not solely focused on the pandemic, we discussed its effects and how our world might change on the other side. Most importantly, Brave New Words was about being creative, trying new ideas, coming together in isolation, having fun, and meeting like-minded people. Here is a podcast of some of the work produced:
Supported by Doncaster Creates
Writers: Rachel Pearson, Josh Phoenix, Sam Davies, Rachael Thacker, Kylie Noble, Beth Prior & Rebecca Payne.
Big thanks to Juliet Farrar, Mike Stubbs and Sacha Gray at Doncaster Creates.