Between the 8th and the 10th of October the ASYFAIR team enjoyed an amazing Writing Retreat amidst some glorious sunshine at the Start Bay Centre in Slapton, UK. We were also joined by Sarah Hughes (Durham), Rebecca Murray (Director of Article 26 project), Patrycja Pinkowska (Exeter), Amanda Schmid-Scott (Exeter) and Annika Lindberg (Bern).
The retreat was led by Lewis Winks, who structured our three days away from the University by using some of the techniques developed by Roweena Murray (Strathclyde). Our writing took place in the main social room of the centre and was structured around fixed writing sessions and short discussion time slots. We also had numerous opportunities to discuss wider issues surrounding migration and academia on a leisurely hike and around the campfire. Not only were we able to carve out some time dedicated to writing, therefore, the retreat provided an imaginative space within which we could enjoy our writing and also develop our sense of being part of a community bigger than our respective projects.
We would also like to thank the staff of the Start Bay Centre (run by the FSC) who made our stay very comfortable and kept us supplied with some very nutritious meals and amazing home made flapjacks to keep us going throughout the day.