Halesworth Thoroughfare and smile, April 2021
In March 2021 Suffolk Artlink awarded me the Celebrating Us residency in Halesworth. This short-term residency aims to tackle loneliness in communities across Suffolk through creative and cultural activity.
My mission was to create a community video poem about the town, gathering content from locals and connecting with isolated individuals. I needed to collect lots of local stories, experiences and memories which I turned into one big video poem which is now available to watch online. The gathering of material for the poem was down in the following ways:
30/45 minute chats with isolated people about the town where they live, to generate lines for the 'Halesworth Whispers' poem.
Halesworth Whispers flyer
Five short questions about the town – people dropped their answers off at the library.
I also had a small team of 'gatherers' who ask the HW questions to family, friends and neighbours.
The Celebrating Us residency is devised and awarded
by Suffolk Artlink and DanceEast, funded by Arts Council England.