In 2004, Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Race Equality , asked of the countryside is guilty of a "passive apartheid" and suggested that there is an urban and rural divide in our attitude to race.

Ignited by this suggestion, a group of writers explored multiculturalism, environment and identity while on retreat in rural Shropshire. Those involved were from diverse backgrounds – urban, rural and travelling – with different experiences and understanding of multiculturalism. The resulting monologues uncover the complex layers of fear and misconception that cause prejudice and the similarities and shared beliefs that can bond.

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