Discover a digital poetry trail around the borough, where QR codes take explorers on a poetic journey of the written word.
Scan the QR codes to read poems and watch videos from different local wordsmiths across many different backgrounds including the winning submissions from the Write Across Waltham Forest poetry competition and compositions from our Poetry Champions; Adreena Leeanne, Mo Gallaccio, Khaled Hakim, Lemzi, Paul McGrane and Patrick Evans.
The trail will introduce you to a broad range of genres from limericks to lyrics, sonnets to slam poetry. Look out for the colourful bollards and lamp-posts denoting a poetry route stop in your area.
Inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and poet. Andreena writes and performs poetry to come to terms with and speak out about her personal experiences with homelessness, mental health, childhood sexual abuse and many other challenges she has faced in her life. 'Charred' was published in 2020 and is available on Amazon.
Mo is a local poet whose work has appeared in Magma, Brittle Star and numerous other poetry publications. Her pamphlet 'Promises' is published by Paekakariki Press. Formerly creative director of Artworks@TheMill, Mo is currently a member of Forest Poets and an E17 print maker.
Khaled Hakim is author of 'Letters from the Takeaway' (Shearsman 2019), 'The Book of Naseeb' (penned in the Margins 2020), and 'The Routines' (Contraband Books 2021). He is also a Sufi musician.
Music artist, visionary and overall creative, Lemzi has a history of writing lyrics, songs and poetry. Previously working with the BBC, SKY and more, performing internationally yet remaining a staple of local art and creativity.
Paul runs Forest Poets in Walthamstow and was formerly The Poetry Society's Membership Manager. His first poetry collection 'Elastic Man' was published with Indigo Dreams in 2018 when he won the Geoff Stevens Prize. 'British People in Hot Weather' is due in 2021.
Spoken Word Poet. Performer. Educator. Mental health soldier. Patrick runs a company and a monthly event in Walthamstow called 'Word Soul', and has collaborated with mental health charity SANE, in his quest to use free expression to remove he stigma of mental health issues and help people speak up.