Manchester Central Library
21st October 2021
Public launch starts at 6pm, free, no booking required
Collective song, live poetry, and travelling illuminated words come together to mark Corridor of Light’s opening moment at Manchester Central Library. Here, the lines of Recovery Poems, created by long-established outdoor arts pioneers Emergency Exit Arts, collaborating with artists Deanna Rodger and Robert Montgomery, are illuminated in three-metre-high capital letters against the evening sky. Reflecting on the losses and lessons of lockdown, the installation is accompanied by evocative choral song from LGBTQ+ low voice choir The Sunday Boys in the library’s Reading Room.
Made in Manchester, a community poem in 65 different languages, follows: witness the performance of two specially-commissioned new stanzas, written by communities working with Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University. This living composition, led by local poet Zahid Hussain, will eventually represent every language spoken in the city.
This celebration is also the start of a three-day journey: look out for Recovery Poems as it travels the Oxford Road Corridor.