to Seeds and Fuses
– the poetry and other makings of Anne E Cooper
I am a poet, photographer and educator, dreamer and generally eternal optimist. I have been an antiwar activist since 1982 and was thrust into the world of housing activism following Lambeth Council’s unfortunate decision to demolish our homes. Life, art and politics merged with my position as writer-in-residence at the Cressingham Gardens estate.
Born upside down, born blue, a little after the witching hour, six months before the Cuban missile crisis, guess life was bound to have it bumps. I was diagnosed bipolar 34 years later. Somewhere in between I immersed myself in punk, science fiction and socialism.
I grew up in a council house in Stevenage, went to the University of East Anglia leaving with a Ba (Hons) in Development Studies and later, after some years working in Welfare Rights, graduated with an Ma in Film from The London College of Communication.
Since have worked for nearly 20 years on creative projects in the community; many in mental health and homelessness services including at the V&A, the South London and Maudsley Hospital and St Mungos Recovery College.
My poetry traverses classic themes of love and war to the small, often unsaid, personal interactions – the basis of my collection Touched. Documentary poetry is my present form of choice and I’ll read anywhere.
With photography I capture light and colour, line and the atmosphere of place, with an emphasis on the decayed and abandoned. I have exhibited at the Urban Art Show, The Portico Gallery and the Salome Gallery.
I ardently believe another world is possible.
Recent endeavors include
- A blog style account where I will document a solidarity visit with other trade unionists to Catalonia and reflect on what makes a nation entitled The Sickle and the Senyera December 2017 more info
- An exhibition at the Portico Gallery, a curated show as part of the Lambeth Open, including work from my Washing Day series October 2017 more info
- The publication of 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration June 2017, reissued in September more info
A small community has now triggered one of the biggest conversations on social housing since Grenfell by Sophia Akram in The Canary
Contributors to 306 read alongside other special guests at the closing event for Sanctum Ephemeral, an exhibition by by Mark Aitken, part of The Brixton Design Trail, on Saturday the 23rd September 3.00pm more info
306 featured on Art Speak hosted by John Flannery in conversation and readings from the book from myself, Sara Adem and Angie Hill broadcast on Soho Radio, www.sohoradiolondon.com Kilburn to Kensal Radio ktokradio.com and Identify Radio www.identifyradio.com now available on Mixcloud
more info https://cressinghamvoices.wordpress.com/