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Creating and curating a public poetry project; the poetrification of an urban area by putting words on walls.
Creating and curating a public poetry project; the poetrification of an urban area by putting words on walls.
21 backers pledged £500 to help bring this project to life.

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We need your assistance in poetrifying West Norwood!

The initial positive response to this Kickstarter campaign gave us the courage to go ahead and slab some poetry onto a wall, support a visit by the Emergency Poet, get the paperwork done, and a dozen other little bits and pieces. 

If you like this idea, why not chip in?  

So far the bulk of the work has been done on a  voluntary basis – and extra special thanks must go to the artist involved, who loved the idea and responded so positively, elegantly and skilfully to our proposition.   

The video clip features two lines from Tennyson's 'The Gardener's Daughter', heard being whispered by the spirits of poetry at the graveside of a poet in West Norwood Cemetery in March 2016. These lines form the basis of PoetrySlabs' first installation for the Bzz Garage, the garden alongside the Norwood Bus Garage, Knights Hill/Rothschild Street, SE27 – go and have a look at it, while the daffodils are still out!

Risks and challenges

This campaign will help to cover some of the project's start-up costs. We have launched a competition, slabbed a first installation, announced the Stones Amnesty, put on poetry performances, and are well on the way to establishing a poetry presence at the West Norwood FEAST.

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    PoetryPound: if you like the idea, please chip in one pound.

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    PoetryProp

    For well-wishers, spell-makers, stone-finders. A handwritten thank you, and your name spoken poetically for posterity at one of this year's PoetrySlabs events.

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    PoetryCard

    A special edition PoetrySlabs postcard for your own wall, commemorating the very first installation in West Norwood. Your name spoken poetically for posterity at one of this year's PoetrySlabs events.

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    PoetryMug

    A PoetrySlabs special edition mug - come and collect it at the West Norwood FEAST if you can. Your name spoken poetically for posterity at one of this year's PoetrySlabs events.

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    PoetryReader

    Clotted Sun – a beautiful book by Chris McCabe containing images of the Cemetery Stones that were laid and then lost. Come and collect it at West Norwood FEAST if you can. Your name spoken poetically for posterity at one of this year's PoetrySlabs events.

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    PoetryProfessor

    Special edition Clotted Sun – the especially beautiful book by Chris McCabe with gold debossed icon. Come and collect at the West Norwood FEAST if you can. Your name spoken poetically for posterity at one of this year's PoetrySlabs events.

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    PoetryProfessorPlus

    This reward gives you and up to 24 other people a place on a special summer poetry trail in West Norwood Cemetery. Poet Chris McCabe will personally conduct a small group to visit the graves of the twelve poets buried there, reading from their work, and regaling you with the intriguing stories of their lives.

    The actual date for the tour will be confirmed following the end of the campaign and in consultation with those concerned.

    A signed copy of Chris's book, 'In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery', will be part of the reward.

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