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Book Launch | Uprooting: From the Caribbean to the Countryside

Join us for the launch of Marchelle Farrell's new book 'Uprooting: from the Caribbean to the Countryside - Finding home in an English Country Garden'.

What is home?

It’s a question that has troubled Marchelle Farrell for her entire life. A longed-for career in psychiatry saw her leave behind the pristine beaches and emerald hills of Trinidad. Until, disillusioned, she uprooted again, this time for the peaceful English countryside.

The only Black woman in her village, Marchelle hopes to grow a new life. But when a worldwide pandemic and a global racial reckoning collide, the upheaval of colonialism that has led her to this place begins to be unearthed. Is this really home? And can she ever feel truly grounded here?

Marchelle will be joined by gardener, printmaker, and creator of Decolonise the Garden, Sui Searle, to discuss the legacies of colonialism and finding home in the English countryside.

Speaker bios

  • Marchelle Farrell

    Marchelle Farrell

    Marchelle Farrell is a therapist, writer and amateur gardener. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, she has spent the last twenty years attempting to become hardy in the UK. She has trained and worked as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist. When not neglecting it for the care of her young children, or her work in the community, Marchelle spends much of her
    time getting to know her country garden in Somerset and writing about the things the garden teaches her about herself. Her debut Uprooting won the Nan Shepherd Prize.

  • Sui Searle

    Sui Searle

    Sui Searle (she/her) is a gardener, writer and printmaker. She has worked in botanic, public, private and community gardens as well as having spent a short period writing for gardening magazines. She is the founder of @decolonisethegarden on Instagram which focuses on bringing a decolonial lens and anti-racism perspective to horticulture and is editor of the online gardening newsletter, Radicle [http://radicle.substack.com/].