I was commissioned by The Poetry School and South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust to spend three months as a resident poet on the South Kilburn estate, an area with significant levels of deprivation undergoing radical change due to regeneration work.
Alongside Aoife Mannix and Niall O’Sullivan, I worked with local people to create and document stories, ideas, and poems about the area and the people that live there. We then worked to select text for display on hoardings in the area.
As well as writing my commissioned pieces, my role was to initiate and establish relationships with individuals and the existing youth provision, and then plan and deliver a program of creative engagement with younger residents. In two months of engagement I worked with 3 schools, 2 youth clubs, an after-school club, and ran drop-in sessions in a pop-up shop, engaging with over 150 young people.
The project was documented through a popular blog, which received attention from local press and politicians: http://southkilburnspeaks.wordpress.com
You can see me performing in the pop-up shop in Peel Precinct here: