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Venue: Online

'Once when Cura was crossing a river, she saw some clay.

Thoughtfully, she took up a piece and began to shape it'.

- from the myth of Care (Cura)

Care(free) is a new piece of prose poetry written by Alinah Azadeh, a journey through the future imaginary of the Greco-Roman goddess Cura (Care) as she creates the first human out of clay.

The work invites reflection on the gendered origins of caring itself, through the interwoven narratives of three women, and considers the cost of crossing the shifting boundary between caring for others into the potential loss of one’s own freedom, life and health in the process. It also sings its praises.. as a well of creative and political potency through times of crises.

Listen to Care(free) here (11-minute audio)

For an enhanced experience, take it to the edge of a river, notebook in hand and listen there.


Alinah Azadeh is a writer, artist, performer and social activist, creating poetic and provocative narratives around identity, loss, and our personal and social relationships, for museums, galleries, public spaces and across diverse communities over the last twenty years. She has had short stories, articles and poetry published (most recently in Covert Magazine) and has recently finished writing her first novel, In the Skin of a Stranger, which was longlisted for the S I Leeds Literary Prize. Alinah is Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

Alinah’s online work on care and other emotional commons themes during an artist residency for Craftspace this year, produced Craft in Common, and recently co-won the 2020 Achates Prize.

We See You Now, her audio walk project and programme-in-development, is focusing on decolonisation and climate amidst the shifting coastal landscape of the South Downs National Park.

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