Poet in the City has partnered with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and RevolYOUtion London to help create a community-led poem that will be turned into a short film and interactive public art installation.

Working with local people, artists, and business from October 2020 to April 2021, we are creating an epic poem for Woolwich that will be used to share and celebrate the stories and history of the local high street through outdoor events, public art and film. The project is designed to engage local people with regeneration, platform their experiences and strengthen relationships with the high street.

We are inviting local residents to be involved in the creation of shop front displays and pavement art across Woolwich high street with poets, artists and community leaders. A new poetry film will be produced to creatively bring alive the new epic poem created for the high street and act as a legacy of the project. Local memories and experiences of the high street will be collected through socially distanced poetry busking, a social media campaign and community outreach. This work is being facilitated by youth-led local social enterprise RevolYOUtion and responses will be shared with Spread the Word, who are working with local writer Merrie Joy Williams to explore the story of Woolwich High Street.

Local poet Rasheeda Page-Muir will be creating the new poem inspired by interviews with local people, and R.M. Sanchez Camus is the artist appointed to transform the stories collected into text-based art for the high street. Filmmaker for the project is Crixus Productions.

The public artwork and poetry film will be launched in April 2021, and audiences will be invited to discover the new artwork through a geotagging app and document their experiences online.

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Artist Biographies

Rasheeda Page-Muir is a 23-year-old poet, public speaker, writer and community organiser from South East London. After serving as a member of the UK Youth Parliament for 2 years at 17 years old, she founded the organisation RevolYOUtion London providing a platform for young people to discuss social and political issues whilst also supporting new youth organisations in the area. Rasheeda has spoken on the world-renowned TEDx stage twice, discussing the importance of rap music, feminism and masculinity within contemporary culture. In 2018 she won the SOAS Social Activist of the Year Award.

RevolYOUtion London is a social enterprise designed to facilitate debate within communities, run for young people, by young people - will be leading the way, reaching and and talking to people and communities.

R.M. Sánchez-Camus is a creative practitioner who develops works of art in collaboration with community partners. They create site-responsive works that activate dialogue, interaction, visual impact and community cohesion. Their interests lay in neighbourhood narratives, hidden mythologies, psychogeography, and outdoor works. Last year they developed the project ‘Text Bender’ for Home on the High Street in Slough with local communities. A community visual text take-over of the 3,000 Sq Ft gallery of HOME Slough.

Crixus Productions was founded and is run by Rupert Hopkins and Joe Watkins. They began trading in 2016. Since then they have acquired numerous clients in the music industry such as Island Records, Crixus has produced videos for artists such as Jesse Ware, Disclosure and Chase and Status. They have also made commercials for big brands such as Kellogs and Tesco. In 2017 they built a film studio space in Woolwich, since then they have expanded to three studios and run a creative office within the same location exclusively for filmmakers. In 2020 they released their first feature film ‘South of The River’ a South London based comedy, now available on Amazon, Sky Store and iTunes.