001 – The First Episode – An intimate conversation with Anita Wan about growing plants and allotments

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Welcome to the first episode of The Earth Sea Love Podcast. I hope this time sees you well.
We’re so excited about sharing our conversations with women of colour and their relationship with nature with you.
This was such a juicy conversation with Anita Wan. It was such a pleasure to listen back to this recording and smile and laugh along at the memory of it.

Here are some of the things we talk about:
* Where we are situated now
* Growing up in the North-East
* Searching for home and places to belong
* Childhood experiences with the outdoors
* Struggling with our identities
* Keeping an allotment
* Nurturing our soul with nature.

Anita Wan has worked in the cultural sector in the North East for nearly 20 years. She has worked for heritage, architecture, arts and funding organisations and throughout her roles, her passion has always centred around people, communities, and amplifying marginalised voices. Anita has been the Chair of The Angelou Centre, a Black feminist women’s organisation in Newcastle, since 2017. She is proud to work alongside an inspiring sisterhood of volunteers, staff and survivors to end violence against Black women and girls. Anita has an allotment plot which she took on three years ago. This year, she is trying to grow sweetcorn, cabbages, broccoli, squashes, mange tout, french beans, chard, mooli, strawberries, raspberries, purple potatoes, oriental poppies, sweet peas, cosmos, echinacea, bergamot and wallflowers!

Theme music: URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Black_Ant/Joanna_Preciado/Mother_Earth

Podcast funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund