L8 Unspoken: Poetry as Part of L8 Unseen at Museum of Liverpool

Tommy Calderbank

Liverpool 8 spoken word artists celebrate iconic Granby Four Streets on film and online.

We have just enjoyed watching the videos of these poets as well as the original L8 Unseen stories. Fascinating stuff. If you can’t get to see the exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool before it ends on 6 September 2015 then you can still see everything online at the dedicated website: www.l8unseen.com

First the renovation of Victorian homes around Granby Street in Toxteth attracted a Turner Prize nomination – now nine Liverpool spoken word artists have recorded their poems inspired by Toxteth on those same streets as part of the L8 Unspoken film and web project.

In a unique collaboration for the Heritage Lottery Funded L8 Unseen project – and now being screened in the ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool – the nine poets braved the summer rains on Saturday 1 August to film performances of their work on and around Liverpool 8’s iconic Granby Four Streets: Cairns, Ducie, Cawdor and Eversley Streets.

The L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool highlights the rich diversity of this area to the south of the city and celebrates the lives and experiences of its inhabitants. This unique series of spoken word short films will be shown on the large screen in the exhibition throughout the day until the exhibition closes on 6 September 2015.

Commenting on the whole project as the museum exhibition nears its end, Producer Marc Boothe (B3 Media) said;
“The response has been amazing – with visitor figures exceeding 350,000 people alongside the brilliant community support both at events and through social media networks – the L8 Old Photos Group on Facebook has over 3,000 followers all spreading the word. This project has more than exceeded our expectations and for anyone who misses it at the museum before 6th September don’t forget everything will stay live online as the project’s legacy.” http://www.l8unseen.com/l8-stories

Curtis Watt
Curtis Watt

Some of the L8 Unspoken poets: Sandi Hughes, Tommy Calderbank, Ann Lopez and Abdul Malik Al Nasir, were featured as subjects for portraits in the original exhibition. A further five poets, also with roots in Toxteth, were identified by producers B3 Media and all nine were invited to write poems inspired by their passion for the neighbourhood.

The nine poets are: Nikki Blaze, Sara Yekutiel, Levi Tafari, Curtis Watt, Lewis Farmer, Tom Calderbank, Sandi Hughes, Ann Lopez and Abdul Malik Al Nasir.

L8 Unspoke was shot for B3 Media by Ian Lysaght and Jah Jussa from Tabacula and produced by Marc Boothe.