Alice Vincent and Marchelle Farrell
Why Women Grow and Uprooting
In conversation with Sarah LeFanu
Finishes at: Thursday 02 November 5:15 PM
Why Women Grow is a delightful foray into the world of women gardeners. Women have always worked the soil and planted the seeds, but those nurturing instincts have often been overlooked, lost in the soil. Alice Vincent, who also hosts a podcast on this fascinating subject, explores why women turn to the earth despite their many other responsibilities and how tilling the soil affects them. By asking why women garden she reveals a great deal more about their lives: their creation and loss, celebration and grief, power and protest.
‘The cure for uncertainty is to get mud under our nails.’
Uprooting asks a different, yet related, question: where is home? For Marchelle Farrell it was once beside the beaches and hills of Trinidad but is now in the heart of the English countryside. As she begins tending her new garden, she unearths two conflicting identities which ask again: Where is her ‘real’ home? Can she ever feel truly grounded in an English country garden? The answer is as hopeful as it is uplifting. Even in troubled times and an unsettled world, it is possible, in a garden, to find safety, stability and a sense of belonging.
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