[WRITER] Thinking about #ILongToBelong with @PassionArtTrail – Belonging online, inc @YBCN_UK

Passionart has a new project for this year, focusing on the theme of ‘Belonging’:

We are using the theme of BELONGING as a way to consider a number of issues related to social justice. (I.e. diversity, gender, poverty, mental health, homelessness, refugees and many more) Working alongside graphic word artist Micah Purnell we aim to generate some creative responses for the project that can be used to grow a city wide conversation around the theme of Belonging. To begin our research we would like to invite a number of people from a variety of backgrounds and contexts to tell us what belonging means to them.

I wanted to write a piece for this, and my piece starts:

Over the past few years, one of the places that I have felt that I am able to truly belong is online, on my blog, and on social media. It’s a space in which my voice has found expression, a space in which I feel free to be seen, acknowledged and accepted as myself. Read the whole article.

This piece was written at a similar time to my Lent reflection for Radio 4, so there a couple of minor overlaps, but very much a piece on its own.