A Place for Words

December 28, 2013

Zephaniah - Text and the City

Here’s a UK project that has discovered numerous wonderful ways for words to escape the page. Founded in 2006, Urban Words is a literature consultancy that “specialises in projects which use creative writing as a way to explore and question our relationship to place.” The program is run by writer Sarah Butler.

One Urban Words project is A Place for Words, which is “the beginning of a conversation about the role creative writers can play in the regeneration of our towns and cities.” A Place for Words takes both temporary and permanent form, the latter including a series of collaborative public art projects involving poetry and architecture.

One of them, Text and the City, includes the work of Benjamin Zephaniah (shown), whose words were cut from the steel window guards of a student apartment block at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. More photos here.
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photo by Paul Swales