TIA was founded by writer Louisa Adjoa Parker, and Louise Boston-Mammah, who also works for Development Education in Dorset (DEED). Together, they have delivered many Black, Asian and ethnically diverse heritage projects in the south west, and through TIA they hope to deliver further projects in the region, as well as supporting organisations to become more inclusive through their range of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion services.

Where are you really from? was a pilot project that built on research Louisa carried out during her South West Creative Technology Network fellowship. She produced this website and a podcast which showcased her findings. The new project aimed to gather further stories and share them widely, adding in literary elements including poetry and immersive audio.

TIA gathered stories through participants’ written submissions and online story-telling and sharing sessions. A storytelling pack  was produced which aimed to support less confident writers to tell their stories via poetry and life writing. 

The project was supported by partner, Little Toller Books, a Dorset-based publisher of books about nature and rural life.  Artists working on the project were musicians/audio technicians Gary Pickard and Femi Oriogun-Williams, audio designer Matthew Walker, actor Remi Oriogun-Williams, and poet Saili Katebe.

An immersive audio piece is coming soon.

*Update, August 2020* The project has now finished, and Louise and Louisa hope to set up a new phase in 2021, so watch this space!

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