Our blood pulsates through the veins of this old town…

Woolwich Speaks is a community-led poetry project delivered by Poet in the City and RevolYOUtion. It has led to the creation of The Woolwich Epic, a newly commissioned poem by resident and community organiser Rasheeda Page-Muir. 

This August you can discover The Woolwich Epic for yourself in a brightly coloured trail across the walls and windows of Woolwich’s high street and in a new online film. In the poem, Woolwich is personified as a woman who sees all of the different stories, experiences and lives, past and present, that have contributed to the area’s identity.

Initiated as a creative response to the high street, the project connected artists with the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Rasheeda Page-Muir wrote the poem after conducting life story interviews with Woowich residents ranging from community leaders and young people to business owners. 

In collaboration with local community members, Applied Live Art Studios will create a poetry trail featuring speech bubbles with fragments of the poem. Residents and visitors will be able to collect a map from Woolwich Centre Library or download one here then follow the poetry trail. 

The film, produced by Crixus Productions and local filmmakers, sets the poems on the streets of Woolwich and breathes new life into Rasheeda’s words.

Woolwich Speaks is commissioned by Royal Borough of Greenwich, and delivered by Poet in the City and RevolYOUtion. It launches the Woolwich High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme, supported by Historic England.

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.

Applied Live Art Studios is a Social Practice Studio creating art works around co-authorship, collaboration, psychogeography, and wellbeing, set up by R.M. Sánchez-Camus. 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.

Salima Kamara, is a South London based, Sierra Leonean filmmaker specialising in documentary. With a BA in Film at Bournemouth University, Salima has freelanced for 2 years with well-renowned group, M2K, at World of Dance Paris, to collaborating with award-winning director & writer for film & theatre, Lanre Maloulu.

Born and raised in South-East London, Riordan Tyson is a local filmmaker. An avid fan of cinema since childhood, Riordan studied in Canterbury Christ Church and then received further training with MAMA Youth Project as an Editor. He now works for his local community filming and editing cultural events, community groups and is involved in various artistic projects. He is currently based in Thamesmead.