Poets Corner: Pilot 1- Our Park Presents, Inwood Park

Our Park Presents outdoor film screening and activities took place on
Saturday 23rd July 2016 at Inwood Park, Hounslow. Our Park Presents is a coproduced
venture between the Friends of Inwood Park and the Hounslow Events Team from Cultural Community Solutions/ Carillion in Hounslow, and supported by Heathrow Community Fund and London Borough of Hounslow. The event celebrated Love Parks Week 2016 and the renewal of a Green Flag Award at Inwood Park, as well as promoting the park and encouraging local people to use parks and open spaces in the borough.
Our Park Presents is in its third year at Inwood, and is established as a firm favourite amongst the local community and wider into Hounslow borough. Over two thousand people came to the park to enjoy the activities and film and to connect with other members of the community.
Activities this year were themed around health and wellbeing, with a showing of the film Inside Out, encouraging attendees to take care of their mental and physical well being.

A project was proposed to work with Hounslow CPP in consultation with Hounslow Local Advisory group to try and engage the public in poetry through this event. We set up an open mic space with a view to giving as many people the opportunity for mic time.
Through incentivising our space with a specially made bracelet for the occasion, we were able to attract young people as well as old. One of the highlights for this event was “The Three Word Game” where we set up an A3 pad on an easel. 
We then encourage members of the public to write any three words relating to a specific topic that day. The culmination of “The Three Word Game” is then turned into a vibrant spoken word piece, performed live for those who stick around until the end of the day.

Statistics: Mic time- 6 adults, 9 children (under 18); people stopping by Poets Corner- 62