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Talking Tent: 'Walk-Shop' Ridgeway (Summer)

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Join storyteller Martin and poet Sarah from the Dorset AONB’s Talking Tent project for a special series of outdoor, seasonal events taking place this year.

These animated and facilitated ‘walk-shops’ will invite you to join our ongoing conversation about how people and place interact through seasons, folklore, wildlife and personal memories of family life and community traditions.

These outdoor walk-shops will comprise small groups of 10-15 people and include a chance to hear folktales, traditional songs and poetry linked to natural landscapes. We also look forward to hearing your own stories, memories and ideas about Dorset’s diverse nature, heritage and culture.

All events will be run in accordance to the latest Covid-safe guidelines.

IMPORTANT: If any changes are required due to Covid we will be in touch with you.

You’ll need to bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

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About Talking Tent

Talking Tent is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 60th anniversary activities to celebrate and protect the places we love and find new ways to create connections within the living landscape in years to come.

Sixty years ago, a line was drawn around nearly half of Dorset’s landscape from the vales in the west, along the South Dorset Ridgeway, right across to Poole Harbour in the east. This line marked our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a designation which alongside our National Parks make up our finest countryside and landscapes protected in the national interest for future generations. During this time, Dorset has seen one of the greatest rates of change across the landscape for centuries: through a fast changing natural world and transformations across agricultural and land based industry together with communities and built development.

Talking Tent offers a space to weave together threads of thinking and conversations around how the living landscape holds personal memories and stories, as well as helping us frame future visions for the places where we live and work.

In 2021, Talking Tent hosts Martin Maudsley and Sarah Acton will be running a series of both online and small group in person activities around the county inviting you to share your experiences of the past, your connections to the present and your hopes and visions for the future.

Find out what else is going on and how you can get involved here

Meet Your Hosts

Sarah Acton

Sarah Acton is a professional poet, writer and creative facilitator working across East Devon and Dorset to help local organisations, schools, museums and the Jurassic Coast (UNESCO) World Heritage Site (where she is poet-in-residence), connect creativity to nature.

Sarah takes inspiration from local landscapes, seasons and wildlife on our doorstep, to offer site responsive public engagement projects and interventions that bring people together and make creativity and nature connection an essential and fun way to encourage health and wellbeing.

Sarah is passionate about poetry and creative writing as a way of exploring and celebrating how we move through the world inside and out, “I know it is true for me, that opening up conversations and activities that nurture and encourage gratitude and connection to the land and natural environment through story and poetry, and paying attention outdoors to seasons and shifts, really changes the way I think about and experience different places, creates a sense of emotional belonging, and taps into a rich source of inspiration for creativity and discovery.”

Sarah is currently working on a writing residency project with Portland Museum to produce a community play, Heart of Stone, and runs WildWriting! courses in Dorset Libraries through Stepping into Nature.

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Martin Maudsley

Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in Bridport, performing a wide repertoire of traditional tales from local legends to earthy folk-tales and magical myths. He is storyteller-in-residence for pioneering environmental arts charity Common Ground and has been collaborating with Stepping in Nature for the last two years running storytelling workshops to connect participants with nature, the seasons and a sense of place. He has particular passion for using storytelling to help people connect with local landscapes and has worked extensively within the Dorset AONB, including a long term myths and legends project on the South Dorset Ridgeway. He is also leading a schools-based environmental education project for the AONB called ‘The Council of All Beings’.

Martin is actively engaged with celebrating the seasons in and around his local neighbourhood, including Mummers Plays, Apple Days and Winter Wassails. He loves telling tales and singing songs about apple trees and orchards, as well as (occasionally) drinking a glass of cider in the place where it’s made! He has a created number of storytelling shows based on oral history and local folklore and is currently working on a new performance to celebrate 30 years of national Apple Day based on conversations with Dorset orchard owners and cider makers.

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Black Down, Nr Hardy's Monument

Black Down car park / picnic area

Martinstown

Nr Dorchester

DT2 9HY

United Kingdom

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The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers over 40% of Dorset, stretching from Lyme Regis in the west, along the coast to Poole Harbour in the east, and north to Hambledon Hill near Blandford Forum. The Dorset AONB Partnership brings together 20 organisations to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of this protected landscape. Find out more about the Dorset AONB and the work of the Partnership at www.dorsetaonb.org.uk.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international Protected Landscape Family. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. 

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