1st Jan - 1st Jan
We're thrilled to have our very own Mall Poet, Emma Hammond, with us throughout 2016
Poet Emma Hammond has embarked on a mission to write a poem a day at The Mall Walthamstow. Emma is doing this as a Creative study on people and place / anthropological experiment throughout 2016 but also see’s this as fun.
We are certainly looking forward to her daily instalments
A Note from Emma…
I am published by Penned in the Margins- you can find some info about my second book here. I have lived in Walthamstow for 6 years and in London for 16. I am originally from Essex and spent a lot of my childhood being dragged around shopping centres with my Mum. My Mum loved shopping. I have always found them interesting, like small worlds.
I also think that poetry is too rarefied nowadays, as if it exists somewhere else. Poetry is best when it deals with the everyday. The reason a lot of people think poetry is boring or hard work is because it often talks about things that are hard to connect with in a way that is exclusive or academic. I don't like that at all.
Writing a poem a day is interesting, because it forces you to think about a place thoroughly. Already I am looking at The Mall in a new light. Somewhere like a shopping centre- ostensibly devoid of magic, a place you might pass through without thinking about too much- is actually full of poetry, people and their desires and hopes. I could watch people all day long.