Global Poetry Systems (GPS)
Wake at seven. On bike at 8am and arrive at Southbank Centre at 9am to meet NathanGallagher a photographer whom I accompanied to the arctic a few months ago. He has a startling idea for a photograph. We walk around the Southbank centre engagingwith the architecture to see where he would take the shot and we have breakfast: Eggs Benedict. Time with Nathan flies.
At 11am I meet the GPS people. GPS is Global Poetry Systems an idea that has risen from my residency through the skilful hands of Lucy macnab. A group of eight literature workers from around the country are seeding the project, piloting it with Lucy of the Southbank’s dynamic and art centred Learning and Participation team. I introduce how the project came about and what it means to me.
After lunch at 3pm I cycle back to Hackney to my favourite cafe on Broadway Market La Bouche where I meet Corinne Pyke a dynamic arts officer at Hackney my borough council. We talk about old Manchester friends and about public art in east London. It is anextremely productive meeting and I am kicking myself for not having a pen andpaper.
At 5.30pm we walk gently back through London fields park and wave goodbye at The Town Hall. She is a good person, strong and with clear direction. It is something I think about on a weekly basis, public art and particularly Poems as Landmarks inhackney. The last one I did was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in The City.