Doncopolitan Musings

Bentley Urban Farm: an everyday retreat for extraordinary times

Musicians play together at Bentley Urban Farm

An update from Warren Draper about what’s been going on at Bentley Urban Farm during lockdown, and what the future holds. The tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic has affected every single one of us. Grief and illness are obviously the deepest and most immediate of wounds, but even those whose families have not been directly …

Jordie Paul Smith – We Don’t Want Superiors

Jordie being creative in Doncaster

Throughout secondary school, getting out of Doncaster was the main, sometimes only, thing on my mind.  I knew the kind of work I wanted scarcely existed here and I felt like I couldn’t be my “true authentic self” due to the shame I felt. I dreamed of escaping; that way I’d never have to tell …

Give Her Flowers

Olivia crouches, smiling and holding her toddler

Olivia Jones explores the tradition of giving flowers on International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over a century globally; it observes the duality of  women’s achievements whilst continuing their fight for equality. Over the years, the day has been  commemorated with protests, competitions, donations and traditions. In Italy they celebrate the …

Tree-mendous: the Power of Protest in the Face of Emergency

Back in September 2019 I was excited by the forward-thinking and well-informed decision made by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) to declare a ‘Climate & Biodiversity Emergency’ after a 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested that there was a slim twelve year window where we could act to keep global …