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Conversation #3, 17th March / On Writing Becontree

Conversation #3
On Writing Becontree
17th March – Broadcast from 7 – 8.30, IRL from 6.30 – 9

Join writer and journalist Tim Burrows in conversation with artist Verity-Jane Keefe on what it is to write about and for Becontree over the centenary year of 2021. The conversation will be chaired by Lena Smith, Pen to Print Library Project Manager, LBBD.

Tim Burrows has been commissioned by Verity-Jane Keefe to do a Writing Residency in 2021. There were four collaborative seasonal outputs over the year, written in response to Becontree and Living Together. Tim’s texts were printed alongside photographs taken by Verity during site walks together. These were then distributed across Becontree as editions of 250 and are available to read online here.

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“Conversation (noun)

A talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.”

A series of conversations in response to the themes of Living Together, Becontree and its centenary. The conversations will be blended, recorded in front of a live studio audience at Valence Library and streamed on LT TV.

You can watch online at: www.livingtogether.org.uk/tv

Tim Burrows writes about society, culture and place. His long term muse is his home county, Essex – he is currently writing The Invention Of Essex for Profile Books and lives in Southend-on-Sea. He has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Vice, New Statesman, the Quietus and Somesuch Stories.

Lena Smith is the Library Project Manager for Pen to Print. Pen to Print is a not for profit library organisation, based in the United Kingdom, established by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) Libraries in 2014. Becoming an Arts Council, England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) in 2018 it is now lead by Libraries in conjunction with an Advisory Panel that includes local people, founder members and industry experts. Pen to Print believe everybody should have a chance to tell their story and aims to build a network of expertise and support for aspiring writers in Barking and Dagenham and sharing this with a wider national and international community.

Verity-Jane Keefe is a visual artist working predominantly in the public realm to explore the complex relationship between people and place. She is interested in the role and potential of the artist within urban regeneration. Working with moving image, text and installation to explore possible taxonomies of everyday life. She has a long term working relationship with Barking and Dagenham, making work for, about and with the borough since 2006 as well as across Outer London and internationally.