Richard writes about a day in heaven, for our project A BOOK OF OURS. His heaven is simply a day spent with his father, watching cricket on the TV – and yet the affection with which he describes this day makes it so much more than “ordinary”…
Umpire Sat there, my dad watching telly His favourite commentator Reporting the cricket. And dad Big smirk on his face Engrossed in the match But he wasn’t the only one — We were all there And England was back in the game. One of the boys hit it for 6 You can tell by the sound of the Ball on the bat It was going for 6 A perfect moment. Heaven. My dad doing the hand-signals Signal for 6, signal for 4 Signals for “Out”, for “Wide” In cricket, he knows it all. And he’s got a sense of humour Takes the mickey out of me, I tell him: “One day you’ll talk sense.” Football I’ve studied 20 years. Learned — big teams are always beatable If you play like a team without fear. Get knocked down, make your comeback Everyone’s got to struggle. Me, I’ve Had my dips and in the biggest I lost everything. It caused me to rediscover Myself. My progress now is more and more — And my dad is having a cuppa, eating sandwiches Sat there talking cricket, he’s got me intrigued. Biggest smile on my face — A family outing round the telly. Richard
People who have experienced homelessness, and other vulnerable people, have made a medieval-style illuminated manuscript A BOOK OF OURS describing their lives, hopes and dreams in a 2-year project in Manchester, which had its public debut at Bury Art Museum in May and runs until July 2021.
This arthur+martha project took place at the Booth Centre, Back on Track and other support centres in Manchester, along with virtual workshops with (Invisible) Manchester and Inspiring Change Manchester. Much of this work has been inscribed into the illuminated manuscript, and many extra pieces are to be found here on our blog. The book pages and songs were made collaboratively by people with lived experience of homelessness and other vulnerable people 2019-21.
Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund