A Journey into Hope
Saturday 14 October, 2pm - 3pm
Central Milton Keynes Library,
555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL
Poet-artist Gommie began walking the coastline of England in 2019 with nothing but a backpack, a tent and an unusually large collection of pens. His aim? Searching for hope in these increasingly hard times. Through poetry and art, conversation and questions, he’ll bring us his findings – and explore what his extraordinary journey has brought to light.
From losing his way on the Dover Hills to bankruptcy in Rhyl and wild camping in Scarborough, Gommie recorded his journey in a deeply moving mixture of texture, illustration, poetry, and verbatim conversations in his book I am ill with hope – a gentle homage to the often-overlooked places we inhabit and the frequently forgotten voices we hear.
Gommie has recently been working on a piece homaged to his childhood, rollerblading weekly in and around Milton Keynes. He will also be sharing this poem and artwork for the first time with us.
Gommie is a poet-artist. He incorporates the written word, performance, painting and travel into his work. Gommie trained and worked as an actor before moving into the visual arts in 2016, as a response to Brexit. He quickly made a name for himself, winning the Soho House Mentorship award and producing solo shows with Messums Gallery and Daniel Raphael Gallery. He has also published a collection of poems and sketches, I am ill with hope. Gommie is currently working on his next series, titled We can become beauty.
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This event has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation and Milton Keynes City Council as part of the MK Lit Fest Community Programme.