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This project was inspired by the nationwide ‘Places of Poetry’ initiative where copies of all the poems below are pinned to their relevant geographic locations. Each work is further accompanied by a series of location photographs, taken by me between May and June 2019 as inspiration, allowing those of you who aren’t lucky enough to live here an idea of exactly what you’re missing.

There’s also a short history of each place, and some thoughts from me of what brought these 24 disparate spaces together to form one coherent body of work.

Feedback is both welcomed and appreciated.

End of the Fear

INTRO // A13, Trunk Road of the Free

Beecroft Gallery/Jazz Centre UK // People who Mattered
Central Southend/The Forum // Sixteen Dots
The Old Odeon Building // Connected
Southend Victoria/Southend Central // The Next Station Is…

Southend Amusements // The Golden Mile

Southchurch Road // Add Astra
Adventure Island // In Search of Peter Pan
Thorpe Hall Avenue // Sine Nobilitate

SHSG & WHSB // Hatches, Matches and Dispatches

University Hospital // Triage
Garon Park // Going Left
Shoebury Garrison // Oh, What a Lovely Development

Leigh Broadway // Worst Place in the World

Belfairs Woods // In Loving Memory
Two Tree Island // Bleak, Hoarse
Mind, Southend // The Waiting Room

Chalkwell Park // Regeneration

David Lloyd, Southend // Blazing Squad
Southend United FC // The Blues
Warners Bridge // Hockey, Sticks
Priory Park // Finish Line
Cuckoo Corner // King’s, Rest

OUTRO // A127, Road to Everywhere