Poet in the City has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to connect communities to the Woolwich High Streets Heritage Action Zone. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.