to Seeds and Fuses
– the poetry and other makings of Anne E Cooper
I am a poet, photographer and educator, dreamer and 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 and art merged following my position as writer-in-residency at the Cressingham Gardens estate, my home.
I was born upside down six months before the Cuban missile crisis and was diagnosed as bipolar in 1994. Somewhere in between I immersed myself in punk culture and socialism. I grew up in a council house in Stevenage, went to the University of East Anglia were I got a Ba (Hons) and later graduated with an Ma from The London College of Printing.
I have worked for nearly 20 years on creative projects in the community many in mental health and homelessness including at the V&A, the South London and Maudsley Hospital and St Mungos Recovery College.
In my poetry I explore the classic themes of love and war, the small unsaid personal interactions, which formed the basis of my collection Touched, and draw upon my families history to reveal images of working class life. I have made documentary poetry my form of choice and have performed at the Bowery in New York, the Iraqi Cultural Centre and various venues in London.
With my photography I capture light and colour, line and the atmosphere of place. I have exhibited at the Urban Art Show, The Portico Gallery and the Salome Gallery.
I ardently believe another world is possible.
Recent endeavours include
- A new blog in which I will document a solidarity visit with other trade unionists to Catalonia entitled The Sickle and the Senyera December 2017
- An exhibition at the Portico Gallery including work from my Washing Day series October 2017
- The publication of 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration June 2017, reissued in September
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 with Anne E Cooper, 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/