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 and Manchester City Centre.
What story will your streets tell?
Streets of Poetry is produced by Young Identity, Manchester’ spoken word and arts organisation.
Streets of Poetry is part of MINDSCAPES, a series of brand new artworks and online events happening in Manchester during Spring 2021.
It explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives, in both positive and negative ways.
There’ll be public artworks, online games, poetry on the streets and an interactive phone app giving you a whole new perspective on where you live, and much more.
The poems created in this project are presented in streets of Moston and Harpurhey and in the City Centre. You do not have to see all the poems but can use the map to find them. The poems have been placed in accessible locations,