The Moor Lane Community Garden

Poetry commission: a portrait of you in a garden, now

On World Poetry Day Sunday 21 March, a new poetry commission will be launched within the Moor Lane Community Garden, to create additional site-specific content and additional enjoyment for passers-by.

Photo of Kit Finnie

The poem, a portrait of you in a garden, now, written by poet Kit Finnie, appears across eight panels, as part of the urban garden’s structure.

The poem was be developed by the poet Kit Finnie in collaboration with the Guildhall School and Music & Drama. In addition, Kit Finnie facilitated eight poetry and writing workshops for multiple community groups and organisation in the local area.

Graphic of the poem document word (Click to read PDF)

Watch the film

The physical poem is complemented online by a suite of accompanying works, including a creative video commission created by filmmaker and recent Guildhall School graduate Em Davis, with design by Charlie Vince-Crowhurst (BA (Hons) Video Design for Live Performance) and music by Sam Storey (BMus (Hons) Film Music), both current students.

Community poems

Together with Guildhall School students, Kit Finnie also worked with local residents and community groups in the local area, including Age UK, Claremont Project, Women for Women Refugees, Core Arts and the Peel Institute. They explored themes of sound and silence; community and coping; home and boundaries and surprise and delight to generate ideas for her final poem, alongside poetry written by the workshop participants themselves