Creative Lives On Air are delighted to be working in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Norfolk. Rosa Torr has joined us to support community engagement shining a light on grassroot creative activity across the region. 

Cooking with refugees around the world - Making Conversations - Spooky Stories

This autumn, Creative Lives On Air Producer Rosa Torr has been busy with various projects, from interviews with refugees sharing their favourite food recipes, an open space for people based in Suffolk and Norfolk, from across the political spectrum, to have open and constructive conversations while participating in a creative activity, and a FREE creative writing workshop for those eager to submit their spooky stories to BBC Radio Norfolk's Upload ahead of Halloween. Here's the full list of projects you can take part in / listen to:

Spooky Stories

The Zainab Project 

  • The Zainab Project Episode 1: Project co-founders Rasha and Sarah shared their Sudanese Falafel recipe. Listen via BBC Sounds [2h16min into the show] 
  • The Zainab Project Episode 2: Samiya shared her Nigerian Yam Porridge recipe. Listen via BBC Sounds [2h15min into the show]

Tune in every Friday to hear more!

Making Conversation On Air

  • Two episodes are available for you to listen via BBC Sounds [1h06min51sec into the show] 
  • Learn more about this series here.

May Project Gardens

The power of community garden

For the 2022 Creativity and Wellbeing Week, Rosa created a short radio piece on the rise and power of community gardens, in line with the festival's theme 'Get Creative. Get Outdoors'.

It features Creative Lives Award winner Ian Solomon from May Project Gardens and volunteers at NW Ipswich Community Garden. Within this piece, Rosa is also highlighting creative ways around gardening too. Listen below!

You can also listen to Sophie Little's full show about the appeal of community gardening via BBC Sounds.

Rosa Torr and Art at Work

Caring for your mental health and wellbeing through creativity

Rosa's first piece for Creative Lives On Air on BBC Radio Norfolk focused on the 2021 World Mental Health Day. She talked to some of the people involved in Art at Worka not for profit Community Interest Company who offer arts activities as a means of promoting wellbeing. They encourage participants to rediscover their creativity, in a fun and collaborative way, thus increasing good mental health.

Hear the recording from 8 October during Chris Goreham's show below: 

Our favourite quotes

It's a space where you can be you - the feedback we often get.

Holly Sandiford, Art at Work Co-Founder

I'm uplifted and when I go back home I appreciate things differently.


It makes you feel so much better mentally, physically.

The group here helps you believe you are good.


Over the years my living room has become a gallery because I started to believe in myself again.


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