Community of Souls creates a vivid picture of local life by amplifying the experiences and everyday interactions of people living, working and passing through the Smithfield area.
Community of Souls seeks to explore the ways in which community is fighting to survive in the face of a growingly impersonal world often more concerned with profits than with people. It illustrates the ways in which gentrification and commercialisation are dismantling age-old community spaces and celebrates places in which this sense of ‘togetherness’ can still be found. Film-maker Charlotte Ginsborg uses vivid portraiture to capture the faces of the community – nurses, school children, the inhabitants of St Luke’s Community centre – many of which are featured in the lines of the poem itself. Local areas such as Golden Lane Estate, Fortune Park, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Smithfield Market all also featured throughout the video.
Murray Lachlan Young’s poetry career began in the underground poetry/cabaret nights of mid-nineties London. Word of his unique style of writing and performing soon spread, and he was signed by EMI in a recording deal that saw him dubbed, for a while, the ‘Million Pound Poet’. He has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Radio 5 Live and Test Match Special. Since 2011 Murray has been resident poet at BBC Radio 6 Music and has collaborated with artists including Morcheeba.