Writing Workshop: Gardens in Fiction, Fiction in Gardens

A collection of scattered yellow dandelion flowers are strewn on a black surface and photographed very close up.
Image Credit Hannah Fincham

The starting point for this workshop is a database the artist Harun Morrison has been developing that gathers descriptions of gardens in fiction (novels, stories, songs etc) from multiple eras and geographies. To date this includes excerpts from Mena Kasmiri Abdullah, Isabella Allende and Italo Calvino.

 
This workshop invites participants to collectively read from some of the texts from the database as a starting point to generate their own writing. The workshop will happen in Mind Garden, a space adjacent to Sheffield Mind, that Harun and others have been been repairing, re-designing and replanting.
 
Mind Garden by Harun Morrison is part of Arts Catalyst’s Emergent Ecologies programme happening across South Yorkshire that explore how our experiences of place — from wetlands and waterways to city centre streets — and of ourselves within them, are shaped with and by other beings.
 
Tickets for this workshop are free, but need to be reserved in advance as capacity is strictly limited. If you can no longer attend, cancel your ticket so your place can be reallocated.
 
Aftter this event you are welcome to stay for the Kitchen Club: Mind Garden Open Day which is a drop in day of free activities. 
 
ACCESS: The workshop takes place at Sheffield Mind, which is accessible for wheelchair users with a disabled toilet. Some of the workshop will take place outdoors where surfaces are smooth but there is a gentle slope of 3 foot to access the garden. Unless there is extreme weather, this workshop will take place mostly outdoors, so please come prepared for the weather. We will provide seating.
 
Regular bus services are in place along London / Abbeydale Road.
 
If you are attending in a wheelchair or for more access information please email: admin@artscatalyst.org
 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
 
We ask everyone attending this event to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event if you can.
 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 
If you develop symptoms of COVID19 after the event please email us at admin@artscatalyst.org and mark it 'URGENT'. This way we will be able to contact those who attended the event.
 
Harun Morrison is an artist and writer based on the inland waterways. He is the 20/21 recipient of the Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship, hosted by Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects; where his recent solo exhibition 'Experiments With Everyday Objects' ran this summer. His forthcoming novel, The Escape Artist will be published by Book Works in 2022. Since 2006, Harun has collaborated with Helen Walker in the collective practice They Are Here.
 
Harun is currently resident at Delfina Foundation & Horniman Museum and forthcoming Designer and Researcher in Residence at V&A Dundee. He is also a trustee of the Black Cultural Archives (est. 1981).