The Colour Green: Zena Edwards

The Colour Green is a new podcast from Julie’s Bicycle exploring the links between climate change, race, nature and social justice from the perspectives of people of colour in the UK.

In The Colour Green podcasts, Baroness Lola Young is in conversation with artists and activists of colour who are at the forefront of social innovation – connecting climate justice, race, power and inequality.

In this episode we meet multidisciplinary performer, poet and writer Zena Edwards, who has been involved in performance for over 20 years – as a writer/poet performer, educator and creative project developer. As a lecturer, Zena is interested in demystifying and emboldening grassroots embodied knowledge fusing song, film and poetry. She is the Creative and Education Director for Verse In Dialogue (©ViD) producing projects focusing on live literature, creative community engagement, wellbeing and transformational learning. Zena chose to walk around the Old Tidemill Gardens in South London, which has now been demolished as part of a regeneration project. She discusses how the starting point of looking at mental health and wellbeing using art brought her to the issue of climate justice, along with state violence against marginalised groups, reclaiming land as an act of resistance and community gardens.

Thank you to Zena and Lola for their time and generosity.

          


Follow Zena on Twitter: @ZenaEdwards

Learn more about Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine: https://platformlondon.org/background/the-life-of-ken-saro-wiwa/

Check out Voices That Shake!: https://www.voicesthatshake.org/

We would love to hear your feedback. Please join us in continuing the conversation using: #ColourGreenPodcast on social media, and do follow the Colour Green Twitter Takeover account: @The_ColourGreen

If you would be interested in funding or participating in a future series of the podcast, or supporting our Colour Green Twitter Takeover, please get in touch: thecolourgreen@juliesbicycle.com

This podcast has been developed by Julie’s Bicycle as part of the Arts Council England Environmental Sustainability Programme.

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