Memory Project


Although it sounds like the name of a long-defunct 1970s prog-rock group – The Memory Project was actually one of the Goodwin Development Trust’s greatest artistic endeavours. Inspired by Brazilian artist Fabiane Parella’s work with recent migrant communities (predominantly mothers and children) safeguarding memories of what they’d both left behind and brought with them as keepsakes – Goodwin commissioned Fabiane to bring the Memory Project to life as part of International Refugee Week – smack bang in the middle of Hull’s Transport Interchange.

In a nutshell, 500 random Hull residents were invited to write a single personal hope or wish on a small piece of parchment. These 500 individual parchments were then individually placed within 500 individual vessels and sealed with wax.

The vessels were then placed on the groundfloor of Hull’s Transport Interchange and 500 members of the public were invited to take a vessel home and take care of it – forever. The reaction from the public ranged from disbelief to delight and the concept was enthusiastically embraced by the people of Hull. To this day – on mantlepieces; in corner cabinets; atop sideboards and tellys across our city are the hopes and wishes of complete strangers – safeguarded by people they will never know or ever meet.

We Are Poets


We Are Poets – the Goodwin-produced and internationally-acclaimed documentary which follows the journey of six teenage slam poets from Yorkshire – has now won its fourth International Film Festival Award. It is an incredibly moving and inspiring film which draws amazing reactions from audiences wherever it is screened. You too can have a screening in your community centre, school or hall – just read on for more details.

WE ARE POETS presents a moving and radical story of youth, art and freedom of expression, as a remarkable team of 6 British teenagers are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the most prestigious Poetry Slam competition in the world.  From their inner city lives on the red bricked back streets of Northern England, to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the young poets explosively lay bare the concerns of a generation as they take on the world and prepare for a transformational and emotional journey of a lifetime.

Cinematic, imaginative and deeply poignant, WE ARE POETS is a unique portrait of multicultural Britain and a testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Anyone tempted to dismiss today’s youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary.

Who better than Benjamin Zephaniah to sum it up: “Amazing… it’s poetry itself. Poetry is an art, filming is an art, it takes great sensitivity to bring them together – this film shows us how it’s done.”