Supporting Ourselves in Changing Times

  • Online event
  • Speech-to-text (online)
  • British Sign Language (online)
On the left is a black and white photographic portrait of Cheryl Martin who is performing and holding a microphone.  On the right is a headshot of Rianna Walcott
Image left: Alaska by Cheryl Martin © Image by Fotocad. Image right: Rianna Walcott, Camilla Greenwell. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Listen to a conversation between artist/writer Cheryl Martin and writer Rianna Walcott reflecting on their own experiences of mental health and care practices during and emerging from this global health crisis.  

Join the online discussion to consider what taking care means for Black women, who are simultaneously dealing with the consequences of the Black Lives Matter movement, social distancing and lockdown. How do we develop new care practices to help us embrace radical change? 

Cheryl and Rianna will talk for 40 minutes, and then there will be 15 minutes of questions and answers.

This event will be hosted through the videoconferencing platform BlueJeans. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

You can submit questions in advance via a Slido link, which will be sent to ticket holders in the week before the event. You'll also be able to ask questions and comment live online using the 'chat' function throughout the event. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session. The event will be live captioned by Stagetext. 

‘Supporting Ourselves in Changing Times’ is part of Bloomsbury Festival (16–25 October 2020).

This conversation may mention suicide, self-harm, and childhood sexual/emotional abuse.

About your speakers

Photograph of Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin’s website

Cheryl Martin examines experiences most people are afraid to talk about with a humour, warmth and raw honesty that draws audiences in. Her shows tour to studios, as well as non-theatre spaces such as libraries, hospitals, living rooms and prisons. She has won an Edinburgh Fringe First, as co-director/producer of ‘The World Is Too Much’ (Traverse Theatre), and two Manchester Evening News Awards, one for writing and one for directing.

Photograph of Rianna Walcott

Rianna Walcott

Rianna Walcott is a PhD student at King’s College London, researching Black women’s identity formation in digital spaces. She co-founded, a website that promotes inclusivity in academia and a decolonised curriculum. She has written about feminism, mental health, race and literature for a variety of publications, alongside co-editing an anthology, ‘The Colour of Madness’, about BAME mental health.