MINDSCAPES: Streets Of Poetry – Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert with Young IdentityCreative Tourist
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?
Produced by Young Identity, Manchester’s spoken word and arts organisation, the Streets Of Poetry project has brought together Dutch poets Elten Kiene and Sjaan Flikweert with Manchester-based poets Saf Elsenossi and Ella Otomewo, who 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 is transforming these poems into unique designs which will appear, blast cleaned, into the pavements of Moston, Harpurhey and Manchester city centre. Check out the map to find out where they are. (The majority of the poems have been placed in accessible locations, however some sections may be difficult for people with limited mobility.)