A lot of things get said about Bradford… Now it’s time for our own words to be heard. In partnership with People Powered Press, quotes from local poets, school children, residents, writers and rappers will pop up across the district this Spring.
The large-scale installations have been designed by local designers Oli Bentley (Split) and Adam Greasley (Oakfold Design). The murals use the typeface Graft, originally designed for the world-record holding printing press, the People Powered Press, based in Saltaire. Words were applied to the street using eco-friendly paint using specially made giant stencils.
I COME FROM HOPE, I COME FROM BRADFORD
Iqra Khan, Belle Vue Girls Academy
Using poetry to amplify young people’s unique voices is very important to Belle Vue Girl’s Academy. Iqra and her class used the version of ‘I come from…’ by Leeds Young Authors as inspiration for powerful and personal poems about their home city of Bradford.
IF WE DON’T TELL OUR STORIES, NO ONE ELSE WILL
Munaza Kulsoom, Bradical Press
Bradical Press is a self-publishing organisation with the aim of promoting diverse writing, artists and the city of Bradford. It is run by self-taught artist Munaza Kulsoom.
BRADFORD ARE YOU WITH ME, ARE YOU THERE?
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
The homegrown rap trio Bad Boy Chiller Crew are creating new sounds for the charts, inspired by Bradford’s bassline heritage.
WE’RE BUILT WI YORKSHIRE STONE, RADICAL IS RACING IN US BLOOD. YOU CAN TEK US OUT OF BRATFUD, BUT YOU CAN’T TEK THE BRATFUD OUT OF US
Kirsty Taylor, Poet
Kirsty is a writer, educator and poet: passionate about people, stories and Bradford. This poem is about embracing the city for everything that it is, for what makes us all uniquely BRATFUD.
The project was inspired by an original idea by Kamaal Kaan. Photography by David Lindsay.