Applause Rural Touring and the South Downs National Park Authority are excited to announce a new project to support a creative Writer in Residence. Playwright and community arts practitioner Sara Clifford will work closely with communities across the National Park in Spring 2019, gathering material on what it means to local residents to live in the South Downs, and exploring the rich cultural heritage of the region. She will shape her research into performances which will be staged in host pubs located in towns and villages as part of the Inn Crowd Scheme in September 2019.
This inspiring project will celebrate the South Downs National Park and give local residents a creative opportunity to get their voices heard on the local issues that matter to them, as well as recording their reflections on the unique landscape.
“As a Lewes based writer, I am very pleased to be working on this exciting project, which will seek to capture people’s stories, memories and responses to our wonderful National Park, one of the biggest in the country.
I will be spending time talking to a variety of people from different parts of the park, from the rural farmlands to the coastal areas to the busy towns, including those who live, work and visit here and hearing stories of past, present and future. I look forward to weaving these responses into a performance piece that will tour later in the year.” Sara Clifford, Writer in Residence
Anyone interested in getting involved in the project in any way (local residents, pub landlords, community groups, local clubs and schools) should contact Sara