Here We Grow
A community of creative voices explores what makes Bristol age friendly. From this emerges a hybrid experience of creative writing, visual art and personal story held in both print and sound.
With help from BAB and a call out for submissions, artists, writers, individuals and community groups from Stockwood to Henbury, St Paul’s to Fishponds, expressed how they felt about the 'themes' of the charter through recorded interviews, creative writing and visual artwork.
The incredible artists, writers and organisations involved, by theme, were:
My House My Home | Margaret Perry 'Dear Reader' | The residents of Chichester House
My Value | Marian Liebmann 'Meandering ways of life paths' | The Ardagh Shed Men and Repair Cafe
The 500 books were made by hand. An open making day was organised for all involved in 'Here We Grow' to have a go at binding the books. In production of the podcasts, a system of a approval was used whereby the podcasts were played to all the principle voices featured. This way, they could tell us what they wanted to change about how they had been portrayed.
Together with BAB and in consultation with Bristol Libraries, we celebrated ‘Here We Grow’ at four public libraries: Central, Stockwood, Henbury and Junction 3. Contributors, friends and family had a chance to meet and have a real and intimate platform to discuss their creative work and thoughts on tackling loneliness.
But it didn't end there. The Babber's Show, on Ujima 98FM, broadcast one podcast each week over the summer. And although 'Here We Grow' is officially “over”, many of the contributors have become good friends and some have been introduced to Bristol’s new city poet, Vanessa Kisuule, whose mission is to "spend as much time listening and engaging with the community as I do writing and performing"
It has made me aware of different areas and communities in Bristol and shaken me out of my smug educated middle-class bubble - Pat Gregory, 71, member of BAB Steering Group
It gave me [...] hope for the future - Geri turbitt, 65, member of Begbrook Retirement Club
If you'd like to read and listen to 'Here We Grow',
- you can borrow one of the books from any library in Bristol, see catalogue here
- you can listen on SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts