Colonial Countryside conference

Posted by jcm22 at Mar 22, 2018 07:30 PM |
On Friday 16 November 2018, approximately 100 children from across the UK will participate in a child-led writing and history project about the National Trust houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections.
Colonial Countryside conference

Charlecote Park - A Victorian home set in landscaped deer park in Wellesbourne, Warwick.

About the project

Steered by a child advisory board, this five year project assembles authors, historians and primary pupils to commission, resource and publish new writing. 100 primary children will visit 10 National Trust properties and craft new writing, presenting it to live, print and digital audiences. They will present their work at a conference during the Literary Leicester festival in November 2018. The majority of children are of Caribbean or South Asian heritage and this project will encourage them to think of themselves as public figures who will reshape the national narrative and make this history widely known.

Peepal Tree will commission 10 authors to write about each participating house. The commissioned work will be published in an illustrated “coffee table” style book containing the ten creative commissions accompanied by accessible historical commentaries written by experts in the field. Commissioned writers will give inaugural readings and appear at literary festivals and black history events nationwide.

The National Trust has over five million members and the commissioned writing will have a large readership. These 10 high-profile commissions are also designed to stimulate a new wave of writing about this topic. In order to resource this, the Colonial Countryside project will create a writers’ resource website, delivered by the historical team, and a massive online open course (MOOC), co-produced by children and historians.

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