Graphic with a landscape background. Writing says: NATURE : NURTURE for Scottish BPOC writers of all genres. Two writing workshops (February 2024) in conversation with Fadzai Mwakutuya and Alexander Thompson Byer. followed by an online writing residency (2024 dates TBC).

Nature/Nurture: BPOC Community Connection in the Rural – SBWN x Lyth Arts Centre Collaboration

SBWN is collaborating with Lyth Arts Centre to deliver NATURE:NURTURE a series on community, nature and artistic practices of Black people and people of colour in rural Scotland, curated by SBWN’s Co-Director Titilayo Farukuoye.

Two writing workshops in conversation with Fadzai Mwakutuya and Alexander Thompson Byer will be held in February 2024, followed by an online writing residency in March 2024.


Nature:Nurture writing in conversation with Fadzai Mwakutuya

Graphic with photo of a Black person smiling and logos. Text reads:  conversation with Fadzai Mwakutuya, climate justice, artistic and curatorial practice in the Scottish Highlands. 1st of February, 6:30 to 8:30pm online.

Climate justice, artistic and curatorial practice in the Scottish Highlands

1st of February, 6:30 to 8:30pm on Zoom

At this event Fadzai Mwakutuya will share about her curatorial art and writing practice, how living in the Scottish Highlands has amplified her voice, and of her inspiration from the landscape. 

Fadzai is the founder of Climate Change Creative. She will share about her approach, and process, and tell us about how her work re+connects her, and serves as her grounding mechanism. Fadzai Mwakutuya,‘ Fudge’ is a professional visual artist, artivist and creative educator, working with imagery and messages that demonstrate inclusivity to re-imagine stories that inform our vibrant multicultural heritage. “My art practice advocates for and is passionate about, promoting arts and culture in rural spaces especially for older artists, ‘hospitality’ being a key feature.”

Whilst engaging with Fadzai and reflecting together, there will also be opportunity to do your own writing and to respond to the ideas shared. This workshop is for BPOC writers of all abilities and stages in their writing life – whether you just want to try something new or are working to publish your next novel; if you are interested in the conjunction of climate + social justice, and a creative practice – This is for you!


Nature:Nurture writing in conversation with Alexander Thompson Byer

Graphic with photo of a Black person looking into the distance on a shoreline background. Text reads: writing in conversation with Alexander Thompson Byer, 27th February, 6:30 to 8:30pm online.

Seaweed farming, permaculture and life in the Scottish Highlands.

27th of February, 6:30 to 8:30pm on Zoom

At this event Alexander Thompson Byer will share about his work and life in the outer Hebrides: expect music, the most gorgeous landscapes, a love of cats and of course seaweed! Alexander and Titilayo (event curator) will collaborate to facilitate some writing prompts to break up the session and get you writing!

About Alexander Thompson Byer: “Hi my name is Alexander. Born and raised in sunny south London and moved to the outer Hebrides three years ago to follow my dream of creating a permaculture inspired patch while dealing with the elements of the outer Hebrides. I work as a seaweed harvester to pay the bills I’m never short of an egg with my 20 plus ducks.”

There will be an opportunity engage in group discussion but also to do your own writing and to respond to the ideas shared. This workshop is for BPOC writers of all abilities and stages in their writing life – whether you just want to try something new or are working to publish your next novel; if you are interested in nature, living rurally and a creative practice – This is for you!


Online Writing Residency

Graphic with a landscape background. Writing says: NATURE : NURTURE Online writing Residency for BPOC writers of all genres, 2024. With and focus and priority for writers who live rurally in Scotland.

Dates will be announced soon!

In collaboration with Lyth Arts Centre, SBWN will be hosting an online writing residency for BPOC writers who live rurally in Scotland.

We’ll be sharing more details soon, look out for the announcement to register your interest.


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