Melbourne Festival is taking part in LoveLit an Arts Derbyshire project funded by the Arts Council bringing Writers to communities with Festivals to work with local people on projects linked to their town.
Obviously in the current situation the original plan for their Writer in Residence Rebecca Goldsmith to create poetry films illustrating her love of Melbourne and carry out workshops for local people has had to change
The team’s Plan B is ‘Little Memories of Melbourne’ – a project to keep Melbourne residents connected and inspired during this period of social distancing.
They hope that hearing memories of what makes Melbourne special will entertain and uplift people, and that putting memories up in windows will create a trail of community connection. The collection of memories will be used as inspiration for a poetry film by Rebecca, and may also inspire a range of other creative engagement.
“Anyone can join in. All you have to do is share a memory of a particular place in Melbourne that is special to you. Write a line about the place and experience you remember (and what makes it special), then put it up in your window and, if you can, share it on Facebook,” said Sharon Brown, the festival director.
You can also post your memories through the letterbox at the Arts Melbourne Gallery in the Market Place, where they will be creating a display for the window.
There isn’t a deadline but the organisers are hoping people will get started straight away, and they will continue to share the project until at least the middle of August.
All of the “Memories” will be collated and displayed over the Festival weekend in September.