Poetry and Prose from Reykjavik and York on City Benches
Writers from Reykjavik and York, England, have joined hands with the Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature to make stories and poetry available to passers-by in Rowntree Park in York and Hljómskálagarður Park in Reykjavik.
The project is spearheaded by Karen Hill-Green in York, who got the idea after reading about Literary Retreats in Reykjavik, a project hosted by Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature. The Retreats are city benches, decorated with plaques with a QR code that gives access to readings by local writers. Karen started a similar project in York along with blogger Cath Mortimer, in cooperation with Rowntree Park. York writers have written stories and poems dedicated to the park and visitors can read them on smart phones or tablets by scanning a code on park benches. In spring 2014, literary texts by six Icelandic writers were added, making this a joint project of the two cities.
The Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature has now made this literature accessible to visitors to Hljómskálagarðurinn Park in Reykjavik, by the City Lake. Guests can scan a code on 16 benches in the park, sit down and read poetry and prose in English by Reykjavik and York writers. The writers are: Æsa Strand Viðarsdóttir, Ásdís Ingólfsdóttir, Inga M. Beck, Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir, Janus Christianse, Lóa H. Hjálmtýsdóttir, Steinunn Lilja Emilsdóttir, n, Christopher Brunt, Laura Munteanu, Ben Warden, Karen Green, Polly Gibson, Adrian Paul Fayter, Rachel McHale and Kate Lock.
Words from a Bench will be in Hljómskálagarður Park from August 1st though September 2014.