This blog, and accompanying podcast, was set up by Louisa Adjoa Parker. Louisa is a writer of English and Ghanaian heritage, who has lived in the South West of England for most of her life. Louisa writes poetry, fiction, Black and minority ethnic (BAME) history and articles.
During 2018-2019, Louisa was a New Talent Immersion Fellow for South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), and this blog showcases some of her research findings. The fellowship enabled her to build on her work by finding new ways of telling the stories of African, Asian, mixed, and other ethnic minority people visible by colour.
The research questions explored included, What does it mean to be a person of colour (the visible ‘Other’) in a white, rural landscape, and how can this experience be communicated to the wider community in a way that generates empathy and leads to a shift in attitudes and understanding? She was particularly interested in the feelings this unusual experience creates in individuals, relating to a sense of self and belonging.
Louisa interviewed a number of participants and produced a series of podcasts, as well as sharing some of the stories on this blog.
Louisa is currently looking for funding to develop this project. If you’re interested in taking part in the future, contact Louisa via the contact page on this blog, or through her website:
You can follow her on Twitter: @LouisaAdjoa
Buy her latest poetry collection, How to wear a skin, which is an exploration of identity, set in South West England, here.
If you wish to reproduce any of the material from this website elsewhere, please contact Louisa for permission.