Tales from the Wetlands: Story Telling Workshop

a monotone image shows a group of wooly cows standing in and at the edge of a river in a wetland area in the British Isles. In the bottom right hand corner an illustration of a red and orange newt, native to wetlands,  is placed.
Tales from the Wetlands; a place of their own. Copyright Peter Wolstenholme

A story-telling workshop as part of community arts and science project WET / LAND / DWELLERS

 
WET / LAND / DWELLERS project is asking people in Woodhouse and nearby areas about their relationship to the wetlands of the Woodhouse Washlands, Shire Brook Valley and Beighton Marsh - in the past, present and future. 
 
The workshop, led by Sheffield writer and performer Stacey Sampson, will involve a walk around the ponds at Shire Brook Valley, exploring the ecology of the area, and an outdoor workshop in which you will create and share stories, knowledges, memories, and imaginaries associated with the valley or washlands. 
 
Refreshments provided and travel reimbursed. No previous experience needed. There is the opportunity to have your stories included in the project newsletter, podcast or website. 
 
This event is aimed at adults but parents / carers are welcome to bring young people and children who don't mind being outdoors. 
 
ACCESS: The workshop takes place outdoors, but the meet point will be the Shire Brook Valley Visitor centre, off Stone Lane, which has level access and a disabled toilet. The toilet is available for use throughout the session. Please email to request more information on routes for wheelchair users. 
 
EXTRAS: We advise wearing suitable warm, waterproof clothing that will keep you warm for the duration of the workshop.
 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt. We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and hand sanitiser is provided.
 
We ask everyone attending this event to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event. 
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
 
WET / LAND / DWELLERS
Wetlands are complex, environmentally important, ecosystems, and their loss inextricably connects legacies of colonial expansion with current environmental challenges. Up to 75% of the world’s wetlands are now lost, and so is the rich biodiversity that inhabits them as well as the histories that they carry.
 
Situated across Shire Brook Valley and Woodhouse Washlands in South Yorkshire, Wet / Land / Dwellers brings together communities, scientists, environmentalists and artists to interrogate the specificities of these sites through a critical spatial art practice.  By navigating local stories, with their social, ecological, political and geological histories, and expanding to a planetary dimension, the project explores how communities understand their relation to wetlands and how they could be the site of new social/ecological relations.
 
The Wet / Land / Dwellers project seeks partly to raise awareness of the global destruction of wetlands. World Wetlands Day 2022 is on the 2nd February. Please see more info here.