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Farm Stories: Freedom and Refuge on the Farm in the life of Bessie Head

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Bath City Farm

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Freedom and refuge on the farm in the life of writer Bessie Head

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Born under South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime, the writer Bessie Head sought refuge in rural Botswana in the 1960s. It was here she become involved in cooperative farming. In her essays and fiction, she writes about the challenge of conserving water, restoring tired soil, and growing crops that would sustain the community in a challenging desert environment. Making the most of the Bath City Farm site, this event features readings from Head’s work and reflection on the pleasures and politics of farming. Growing food, for Head, was an act of resistance against racism, and a way of gaining independence for the whole community. It was also intimately connected with recovery from trauma and her struggle with mental illness. As more people are exploring links between nature and wellbeing, we turn to Head’s writing to consider the farm as a place of refuge where, as Head puts it, one discovers the ‘oneness of the soul with all living things’.

Image below: Bessie Head in front of her house


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