Big Broughton Poem.
Animation by Claire Weetman as part of the Cartography Project.
Cartography, is a digital storytelling project capturing memories and recording experiences through words and images. Over the past year, professional writers, film-makers and visual artists have been working with residents in Broughton, Salford to translate their stories into digital media including short films, stop-motion animations, audio recordings and digital art. The poems and short stories created during the Cartography project revealed many common themes and experiences including the physical and emotional journeys made through our life cycles, the secret places we go to remember our loved ones or to escape our troubles and the cohesive and healing power of a good cup of tea. The project was managed by Harriet Morgan-Shami and curated by Lesley Sutton. Creative activities in Cartography have included:
Stop-motion Animations based on book-making activity with book artist Lucy May Schofield
A digital art installation inspired by The Big Broughton Poem created by digital artist Claire Weetman (one of our current artists in residence on the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme)
Short Films capturing participants performing their poems supported by writer Michelle Green and filmmaker Bruce Marshall
Audio Recordings of participants reciting a series of poems created during sessions led by writer Joy Winkler
Participants have come through the Writing Lives programme, a creative writing project serving communities in East Salford and managed by The University of Salford in partnership with The Broughton Trust and Women Working Together. Writing Lives runs weekly workshops facilitated by professional writers in 3 venues in Broughton and Charlestown. Our activities include writing poetry and prose, sharing stories and enjoying each other’s company over tea and biscuits.
The Cartography project has offered Writing Lives participants the opportunity to engage with digital media in new and creative ways. For many, the project was their first experience of exploring the potential of using digital formats to enhance their creative expression or to take it in new directions. It has also been an opportunity to bring communities together with the technical and academic resources available at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK, where the work is being presented in the Egg.