Radical Routes

Radical Routes is an online publication that was created as part of West Lindsey District Council’s PilgrimAGE season to commemorate 2020’s Mayflower anniversary. Since 2020, four Radical Routes editions have been produced in collaboration with leading arts programmes in the region, including Transported.

This online publication reflects on the legacy of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and how it affects the way we live.

In the first edition we looked at the idea of ’journeys,’ and what they mean to people seeking safety, security, or freedom. In the second edition we stretched that theme to include more personal ones of self-discovery, or expression. The third edition looked at the weirding place where land meets sea – liminal spaces. In the fourth edition, under the theme of ’Tide and  Time,’ we look at how ‘somethings change, others remain the same.’

Radical Routes (Spring 2020, Issue #1):
Click on the image to read as an interactive web document (also found here).

Or as a PDF here: Radical Roots Issue #1.

Radical Routes (Autumn 2020, Issue #2):
Click on the image to read as an interactive web document (also found here).

Or as a PDF here: Radical Roots Issue #2.

Radical Routes (Summer 2021, Issue #3):
Click on the image to read as an interactive web document (also found here).

Or as a PDF here: Radical Roots Issue #3.

Radical Routes (Summer 2022, Issue #4):
Click on the image to read as an interactive web document (also found here).

Or as a PDF here: Radical Roots Issue #4.

Originally planned as a newspaper-style publication, due to challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis, ‘Radical Routes’ has now been produced in an online format so it can be shared widely across Lincolnshire and further afield. West Lindsey District Council’s Mayflower 400 cultural programme has worked with the University of Lincoln’s Transported programme, bringing arts to people in Boston Borough and South Holland, and Bassetlaw’s ‘The Few to the Many’ project to create an arts-led response to the region’s role in the Pilgrims’ heritage story.

The lead projects, which are all supported by funding from Arts Council England, have a shared interest in taking a close look at the Mayflower story, its myths and legends, and at aspects that may have been over-looked, or need reinterpretation to take into account contemporary ideas about freedom and tolerance.

Henderson Mullin, Chief Executive of Writing East Midlands, and editor of Radical Routes, commissioned new writing for the publications. Featured content includes a mixture of articles, interviews, photo-stories, food stories and recipes, audio tales and poems.

To read other contributions and find out more on the Discover Gainsborough website and at Inspire Notts.

To follow the PilgrimAGE campaign like Discover Gainsborough and Pilgrim Roots on Facebook or follow @DiscoverGains and @PilgrimRoots on Twitter.

Be part of the conversation and post your images, comments and thoughts about the story using #PilgrimAGE and #RadicalRoutes.

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