This event is being held in association with the WayWORD Festival. WayWORD is a student-led arts festival brought to you by the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, University of Aberdeen.

Zakiya McKenzie is a poet, non-fiction writer and storyteller, and was writer-in-residence for Forestry England in 2019 and Bristol’s Black & Green Ambassador in 2017. She regularly leads nature, art and writing workshops, including one on Caribbean storytelling for primary schools. Her work has featured at the Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol, the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London, the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, the Free Word Centre, at Cheltenham Literature Festival, on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Farming Today and Inside Out West. She has written for Smallwoods Magazine, The Willowherb Review and BBC Wildlife Magazine. A volunteer at Ujima Community Radio Station, she speaks regularly on the changes needed to ensure black, indigenous and people of colour are equally represented in the environmental movement.

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