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The Chat Back ‘Proud to be Me’ project by Wyldwood Arts, brought residents from Monica Wills House, a St Monica Trust residential home in Bedminster, together with 20 young artists from Bristol University. This intergenerational group have formed a company. They build relationships through artistic expressions such as writing, storytelling, music and performance.
The sessions were funded through Bristol Ageing Better as part of our Learning for Life Together project. The aim of Learning for Life Together is to empower those older people who are isolated and have lost confidence by encouraging and supporting them to share their stories, skills or experiences with younger people within a learning environment.
Photo courtesy of Wyldwood Arts. Photographer: Camilla Adams.
As part of this project, the group worked with award-winning poet Caleb Parkin, who facilitated sessions sourcing inspiration from the elements: earth, water, fire and air. Some of the BAB Programme Management Team visited the group and witnessed the great atmosphere in these sessions and the friendships forged during the creative process.
The stories and poetry that came out of the creative sessions, along with the interpersonal relationships that were formed between the residents and the young artists, have been beautifully captured by Pervasive Media resident, Lily Green, as part of her publication podcast project No Bindings.
Lily visited the group every other week for 6 months, compiling stories and recording some of the creative writing created by the intergenerational company. She also carried out interviews with the participants to record in depth stories and experiences that surfaced during the sessions.
Lily Green with Babbers Judith, David and Silvia
The podcasts were first launched on the Babbers radio show on Ujima 98fm . Judith Brown, Babbers presenter, interviewed Lily Green about her project, how podcasts work, and her ambition to publish podcast with ‘printable electronics. This aims provide access to the audio files by touching paper, instead of through screens, allowing more people to have access to the content without having to have computer-orientated digital skills. You can hear an extract of the radio interview here:
The podcasts are now available for streaming and download from SoundCloud, scroll down to listen to them on this website. You can take a look at the print publication in Bedminster Library.
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