Join award-winning poet Vahni Capildeo for a poetic rhyme-and-ride as our poetry buskers make your trip on Leeds’ buses one to remember. Departing from the Leeds Central Bus Station and running all the way down to Dewsbury Road Library, Capildeo and supporting poets will be encouraging you to re-examine the ‘journeys’ we take every day. Follow them to the library to travel through a visual display of postcards collected from the local community, displayed alongside Capildeo’s new poem exploring internal migration in the British Empire.
As one of three locally commissioned poets for Collections in Verse, Capildeo chose to investigate migration and the meaning of home in the context of Windrush. Working with South Leeds residents at Dewsbury Road Library and inspired by histories of migration explored in the British Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition, Capildeo asked what the ‘hidden migrations’, relocations and movements are that make up the story of our lives – from moving house or school to moving class – and where the paths of these stories cross with those of the Windrush generation.
Pulling together postcard stories from Leeds residents, including Windrush descendants, with their own research and poetry, Capildeo’s visual display at Dewsbury Road Library will create a living map of paths travelled, highlighting the multiple intersections where our journeys connect.
Join us for FREE at Leeds Central Bus Station from 10am, and along bus routes and stops ending at Dewsbury Road Library to catch the poetry busking in action. The installation is free and open to all at Dewsbury Road Library until the end of March 2019.
This event has been created as part of Poet in the City and the British Library’s project Collections in Verse working with Leeds Libraries, poets and communities to bring the British Library’s exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land to life in Leeds.