Friday, 18 December 2009

urban feb

Blue skies for a snowy day


Sarah Butler writes about two forthcoming UrbanWords events:

Know Your Place
First of all, a heads up about Know Your Place, a panel debate discussing the role and value of writing residencies, hosted by UrbanWords and Spread the Word on 2nd February 2010. Writers-in-residence can now be found in many places: at airports, bus stations, in shops and even on the Tube. But what impact do these residencies really have on the people, places and organisations involved, and how do they, in turn, shape the writing that's created? What are the objectives of those who employ writers this way, and what impact do these have on the writers themselves? What role do writers have - and what role could they have - in regeneration and place-making?

Join writers Lemn Sissay, Kat Joyce and Sarah Butler, plus Tamsin Dillon (Head of Art on the Underground), Charles Beckett (Arts Council England) and Emma Hewett (Director of Spread the Word) for a lively debate in the fabulous German Gym, a Grade II listed building in King's Cross, now redeveloped as the visitor centre for the King's Cross Central Development, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe.
The event runs from 6.00 - 8.00pm on Tuesday 2nd February. Feel free to join us at 5.30pm for a free, short introductory talk on the King's Cross development.
Find out more and book tickets on Spread the Word's website.

Writing in Three Dimensions
UrbanWords has commissioned the poet, Linda France, to share her experience of and ideas about writing and public art. Writing in Three Dimensions is an engaging article, discussing the difference between writing for the page and writing for a place. You can download it for free from A Place For Words.

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Meanwhile I'm delighted to be guest blogging for the next few weeks at Apples & Snakes' splendid website www.myplaceoryours.org.uk

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