Earthlings is a collaboration between community gardener, Hari Byles and performance poet, Linden Katherine Mcmahon. We run participatory story making and creative writing workshops and events on the themes of soil, food growing, more than human relationships, and queer ecologies. Our last project involved, co-creating a poetry treasure trail through Bethnal Green’s community gardens, & was commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and supported by The Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds.
In 2018 we ran a Soil Ecology workshop with Olly Edmonds who led us through Bethnal Green Nature Reserve's meadow and woodlands to explore different kinds of soil ecology. Together we tested soil structure, biology and nutrient content and discussed what soil is and means to each of us. In the afternoon Linden led the group in a creative writing workshop responding to the soils we had encountered in the morning. Following this we invited participants to share their writings at a public event alongside contributions from Ama Josephine Budge, Helena Hunter, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and Dimitris Papadopoulos. The event was hosted by Shumaisa Khan and Linden McMahon at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, after which we made a zine which captured some of the learning, writing, wisdoms and findings which emerged from the process.
In 2021 we have joined forces once again with the wonderful Ama Josephine Budge to explore Queer Ecologies in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park as part of an artist residency.
Open Gardens Treasure Trail map by Soofiya,
Everything is Connected billboard by Saif Osmani