TWO hundred years after Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote about poverty in Georgian times, a charity has updated the poem to reflect homelessness today.
Crows Refuge is a 21st century rewrite of Lyrical Ballads produced in collaboration with more than 100 people affected by homelessness. This is an exhibition at Wordsworth Grasmere until New Years Eve.
The original 1798 book of poetry featured stories of poor people walking the roads of a country in turmoil. Homelessness and social inequality remain societal issues to this day.
Zwiebelfish CIC is a community interest enterprise that focuses on the arts and social justice and works with marginalized people. It aims to bring people together through art.
He, along with the project participants, has access to the Wordsworth Grasmere archive section, which is generally reserved for academics.
The exhibition showcases the creative work of people affected by homelessness and other vulnerable people, living in Cumbria, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. The story will be told by many authors through poems, works of art, songs and films.
Dom, a participant in the project, said: “Would Wordsworth have written about homelessness? Politics.”
Julia Grime, director of the Zwiebelfish CIC said: “Wordsworth’s 1798 book Lyrical Ballads reflects the voices of people not usually heard, just like our new poems. Objects in museums change over time and we believe that the Lyrical Ballads is currently sounding a warning.”
Ric, another participant in the project, said: “Writing is a light – it goes through you. Before I started writing, I was afraid to go into my thoughts, my feelings. Now I feel more at home. comfortable with myself and I know I’ve touched people. I’ve never met them. I’ve reached them.”
Crows Refuge will also be presented at the Bury Art Museum from February 3 to May 6, 2023. The project is supported by the Heritage Fund.