DATE: FROM MONDAY 19TH APRIL 2021
TIME: ANY TIME
LOCATION: MOSTON & HARPURHEY
ACCESSIBILITY: DETAILS BELOW
A MAP FOR STREETS OF POETRY IN MOSTON & HARPURHEY IS AVAILABLE BELOW
Imagine if your streets could talk.
Imagine if the pavements where we walk every day could tell you the stories of people who have travelled across the world to be there. What feelings would they share about your neighbourhood and what memories might they reveal of the places left behind?
Dutch poets Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert from The Netherlands, and Manchester-based poets Saf Elsenossi and Ella Otomewo have worked with migrant communities in Moston and Harpurhey to create a collection of new poems that reflect their sense of place and identity. Visual artist Jess Loveday will transform these poems into beautiful designs which will appear, blast cleaned, into the pavements of Moston & Harpurhey.
What story will your streets tell?
Streets of Poetry is produced by Young Identity, Manchester’s spoken word and arts organisation.
Elten Kiene is a writer and performer well known on stages throughout The Netherlands. A former member of the hip hop group Brandwerk, he’s an active participant in organisations focusing on Dutch literature and spoken word, such as Woorden wooden zinnia and Next Generation. His work is defined as being socially aware and he believes words to be the most powerful weapon a person can possess.
Sjaan Flikweert’s work combines poetry, performance, video and installations. Her raw, honest, physical work puts at the centre of the stage that which is too often pushed to the sides. A published poet, she also creates plays for children.
Young Identity are Manchester’s premiere spoken word and combined arts charity. They develop young aspiring creatives, writers and performers aged 13-25 through weekly creative writing and performance workshops all across Greater Manchester. The organisation is led by outstanding facilitators, versatile poets and established spoken word performers with a long history of delivering cultural artist development programmes for young people both nationally and internationally.
The poems created in this project are presented in streets of Moston and Harpurhey. You do not have to see all the poems but can use the map to find them. The majority of the poems have been placed in accessible locations, however some sections may be difficult for people with limited mobility.
Saf Elsenossi – Young Identity Facilitator
Ella Otomewo – Young Identity Facilitator
Jess Loveday – Designer
Nicole May – Young Identity Producer