Supporting Ourselves in Changing Times

  • Online event
  • Speech-to-text (online)
  • British Sign Language (online)

Watch a recording of 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.  

This online discussion considers 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? 

‘Supporting Ourselves in Changing Times’ was also 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.



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Speech-to-text (online)

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. For any assistance, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language (online)

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. A signer will be on screen describing the event. For any assistance, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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