Taylor Edmonds and Nasia Sarwar-Skuse devised and co-delivered a project called The Long View. It takes its name from the idea that looking out to the horizon and beyond is beneficial to our well-being. The Long View combined physically visiting nature spaces in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, with creative writing workshop activities and storytelling to create a sense of belonging for participants and to claim space in their environment.
It is well documented that women of colour feel excluded from accessing nature and landscape, especially women that have had to leave their home country and make a new place their home. The project encouraged the participants to write themselves into their environment in spaces where they have historically been excluded, by exploring their sense of belonging, community, and connection to the natural environment.
During the project they explored local locations such as parks or beaches, then created a visual counter, personal map and creative response by oral storytelling and written creative pieces, as well as documenting the journey. The end of the project culminated in a poem-film documented and edited by the group.
Taylor Edmonds is the Poet in Residence for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. She has worked as a writer and creative facilitator in Wales for over three years. In 2020 she received one of Literature Wales’ Rising Stars Awards. Nasia Sarwar-Skuse is a writer and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She has been working as a creative writing facilitator for three years and is passionate about the presence of authenticity in literature by ethnic voices and its intersections with diaspora, gender, and memory.