There are 33 boroughs in this lovely city of ours, and nearly all of us will have a connection, relationship or memory associated with at least one of them. This weekend at Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood, you can donate your London borough memories and contribute towards a giant memory map of London, with the London Lines Weekend.
London Lines has been taking place at Festival of Neighbourhood since May 2013. 33 poets have been selected to write 33 poems about each of London’s 33 boroughs. 11 of these poems were penned and passed on to local artists, and can now be found as art installations across Southbank Centre’s site (find out where).
But the remaining 22 poems are to be created with the help of the public this weekend. So did you fall in love in Lambeth? Find a fiver on the floor in Fulham? Get bird-pooped on in Barnet? This Saturday, write down a memory, thought, or even just an idea about a London borough that means something to you, and see it turned into art overnight.
Not only will your words be used by the 22 remaining poets as inspiration for their final poems (which will be written overnight on Saturday), the special cards you use to write on will be installed alongside the final 33 poems in a giant 3-D map of the city, created by Cabinet of Curiosity, open for the public to explore on Sunday.
London Lines Weekend is free and takes place on Saturday 20 (12-5pm) and Sunday 21 July (11am-6pm) at Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom.