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Gemma, Dartmoor, January 2022

Every so often, over the course of last year, I received an audio file from Dan. I’d open the file as I’d open an envelope, intrigued to see what I’d discover – the nostalgia of childhood memories of writing pen pal letters stirring within me. Each time, Dan was somewhere different and, through his words, his world materialised around me. The bridges of Stockholm, the passing of the seasons, the rhythms of urban life. He was the town mouse, I was the country mouse. I would record and send him replies from the fringes of Dartmoor. We took our time and a conversation unravelled over a year across many miles and many megabytes. Maybe one day we’ll meet…

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