Naomi Frisby, Snapshot

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About the Micro-Commission

Snapshot is the story of a town told from three different viewpoints.

Joanne Taylor, a 45-year-old history teacher, takes Andy Simpson, a 31-year-old southern broadsheet journalist, around her hometown of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Aware of the national media’s negative portrait of the place where she has lived the majority of her life, Joanne sets out to show Andy a more nuanced version of the town and its people, venturing beyond the town centre and speaking to locals they meet along the way. Interwoven with the story of Joanne and Andy’s tour of the town is Andy’s finished article.

The piece is recorded. Accompanying the audio is an original photography reel featuring recent pictures of Barnsley, creating a third perspective.

Image of a woman smiling to the camera

About the Artist

Naomi Frisby is a writer and educator originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire and now living in Sheffield. She is interested in whose stories are heard, class, bodies, circuses, and magical realism. Her memoir essay ‘A Recipe for Madness’ appears in Trauma: Writing About Art and Mental Health (Dodo Ink). Her story ‘The Time Is Now’ was published in The Book of Sheffield (Comma Press); ‘Role Play’ was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize, and ‘The Bodies’ was longlisted for Manchester Fiction Prize. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.