The Water Whisperer

A poem inspired by the following projects funded by Connecting Cultures:
- Filmmaking for Social Change: Daughter of the Lake by Ernesto Cabellos – Dr Elizabeth Chant
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, a woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.
- Territorial Bodies: World Culture in Crisis – Maddie Sinclair & Charlotte Spear
An analytical tool for addressing urgent social, ecological and ecological challenges: from ecological breakdown to the rise of statelessness, to violence against women and racial exploitation.
- The Return of Silence: Gender, Narrative, and Medieval Heritage – Dr Emma Campbell
Le Roman de Silence is a story lost for 700 years. It tells of a gender swapping descendent of King Arthur, a warrior maiden, a minstrel, a knight, who challenges the patriarchal society of her day.

  • Paul Windridge
  • Sujatha Menon
  • Sujatha Menon
  • Sujatha Menon
  • Paul Windridge
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Poetry, experimental, narrative, atmospheric, dark, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Paul Windridge, Sujatha Menon

Sujatha Menon is a writer and musician based in the Midlands, UK and editor of Crowstep Journal. Her poems have been published internationally and she is the author of two books: The Glass Puddle (Vole, 2021) and Night Swan to Nigg (Cromarty Arts Trust, 2022).

In 2021 she was a commissioned poet for UK City of Culture and is currently Poet in Residence at the University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences, where she is helping to promote women in science and exploring how the arts can be used to make academic research more accessible.

She has also performed and written songs with the band Satsangi for 20 years. Satsangi has been broadcast on BBC radio and MTV, featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone and has travelled internationally to share their music.

Paul Windridge is an artist, moving image and music maker, writer and photographer.

For 20 years after graduating from Art College, he was a full-time freelance artist who had several solo exhibitions and sold paintings worldwide. Solo exhibitions included The Barbican Centre, The Mermaid Theatre, The Royal Exchange Manchester and the Royal Philharmonic Liverpool. Group exhibitions included Lancashire Artists, Merseyside Contemporary Artists, Manchester Academy and The Laing Collection.

Then came the advent of digital and he turned his attention towards a new way of making images and formed a design company. Clients were arts organisations, creative software companies such as Adobe, theatres, contemporary dance, fashion brands such as Red or Dead and, in the music business, the likes of MUTE, EMI and Arista.

His moving image work has been screened at many film festivals such as New York, Paris, St Petersburg, Berlin and Zurich. And at special events at the likes of Tate Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art New York and BBC Electric Proms.

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Director Statement

A collaboration between Sujatha Menon and Paul Windridge