How the landscape of rural Weardale shapes the communities of the upper dale.

This project originated after Northern Heartlands Communitiy Faciliators, Tariq and Anna, held a consensus workshop in Wearhead School, in early 2018 exploring the question “what are the practicalities of young people being able to reach their aspirations in the dale?”

After the consensus workshop, David Napthine, a creative writer and playwright, was commissioned to further delve into the same question.  He started the process working with young people, looking into their strengths, outlook, aspirations and opportunities and has since engaged with participants of all ages – at agricultural shows, groups for older people, pubs, cafes and even on the bus – to co-create arts-led research that explores and builds on this topic.

The creative writing sessions with a local writers’ group led to a performance at Weardale WordFest in 2019.

Read some of David’s observations in letters to his Aunt Constance…

A letter from the North

A letter to Aunt Constance 1

A letter to Aunt Constance 2

A letter to Aunt Constance 3