Communities

Between the Storeys with Poet in the City

Published: November 27, 2018

Between the Storeys is a collaboration between Poet in the City and Culture Mile, using poetry and film to animate the stories, histories and experiences of different communities living within the Smithfield area.

From encounters with skeletons deep beneath the Museum of London, to skyline views from brutalist tower blocks, Smithfield life weaves up, down and in-between the parallel layers of living that exist across the local community. Discover new poems and films that echo the collective voices of a community: early morning meat market moments; snippets from the school yard; the rhythm fuelled roar of ravers at Fabric.

Over the course of six months, a trio of celebrated poets Murray Lachlan Young, Imtiaz Dharker and Joshua Idehen were commissioned to delve into life at Smithfield; engaging with its inhabitants, industries and architecture, and producing three poems reflecting what they found.

These poems have been brought to life by film-maker Charlotte Ginsborg in the form of three exciting poetic films, featuring local people and places as the backdrop to her narrative.

Watching the films

From Thursday 29 November you can watch the three films in full on the Poet in the City YouTube channel  and on the below individual poem pages:

Imtiaz Dharker UNDERLINES / OVERHEARD

Joshua Idehen BEGAN IN FABRIC

Murray Lachlan Young COMMUNITY OF SOULS