Red River: Listening to a Polluted River is an 18-month research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through their Leadership Fellowship scheme, and led by Dr John Wedgwood Clarke of the University of Exeter. It will explore how creative writing can transform our relationship to a polluted, post-industrial river through listening to the human and non-human voices that have shaped, and continue to shape, its course. Working with schools, community action groups, artists, scientists, curators, geographers— anyone interested in either the Red River or creative writing — the project aims to enhance our sense of the complex impact of human activity on the ecology of this small post-industrial river through a series of creative workshops and events, and by making new work in a variety of art-forms that respond to what it tells us.
Dr John Wedgwood Clarke
University of Exeter, The Writers’ Block, Literature Works, Cornubian Arts and Science Trust (CAST), Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEaP), Heartlands, King Edward Mine Museum, Red River Rescuers, Poetry Society, West Country Rivers Trust, National Trust, Cornish Mining World Heritage