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Poems to be written for Embassy Court
Fri 28 Jun 2002
Prizewinning Brighton poet Ros Barber is writing poetry about Embassy Court, one of the most notorious landmarks on Brighton & Hove seafront. Ros is Poet-in-Residence at Embassy Court during Architecture Week (21-30 June), and will be writing up the poems on perspex boards in the foyer as the inspiration comes.
The residency at Embassy Court is one of eight writers' residencies based in and responding to architectural locations in the South East. The project (entitled ArchiTEXTS) was set up by Southern & South East Arts to tie-in with Architecture Week (21 - 30 June) when each of the residencies will be culminating in some form of 'visible manifestation' or event. The prime purpose of the project is to allow writers to respond to the architectural locations and create new pieces of writing. The writings from all of these residencies along with documentation and photographs will be collected together and published on CD Rom.

Ros is a long-time fan of Embassy Court, the Grade 1 listed block of flats built in 1935 by the Canadian architect Wells Coates, and recently moved to a house directly behind the building. During architecture week, she_ll be mounting a poetry installation in the foyer of Embassy Court, with poems being written up on Perspex b0ards. She will be attempting to write seven sonnets in all, and though she has written three in preparation for the event, the remaining four will be written in situ. "I hope it will be fun for Embassy Court residents and visitors to see them coming together, line by line, including the crossings out and wrong turns," she says. "There will be a chance for people to comment on the work as it is written. I also hope that people will help with the poems - I am particularly looking for information on Brighton (and Embassy Court) during WW2, for the second sonnet. The sequence charts the history of the building from its conception, through its hey-day, to its subsequent deterioration, and looks towards its future rebirth."

Ros, whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently in "Anvil New Poets 3," starting writing as a child, and Ted Hughes and Laurie Lee offered her early encouragement when her English teacher sent her poems on to them. She now frequently visits schools across Kent, Sussex and South London to give readings and writing workshops in the hope of fostering future writing talent. Ros's last poetic residency was to write a series of poems for the Dover to Folkestone cycle path, and a pamphlet entitled "Chalk & Channel Way", containing these poems, can be picked up free from Embassy Court Foyer during Architecture week. "Sweepings", poetry from Ros's last City project at the Gwydyr Saloon barber shop in Palmiera Square, Hove, is available from the Gwydyr Saloon, or from sweepings@airtight.demon.co.uk for only £3.00.
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