The Secret Life of the Olympics

10 June 2017

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Venue: Stratford station Stratford London E15 1AZ , bottom of steps leading up to Westfields, opposite Stratford shopping centre

Organiser: Jude Rosen and Julian Cheyne

Jude Rosen is a poet and urban researcher who grew up on the edge of the marshes. She was a member of the artists' collective WeSellBoxesWeBuyGold which researched the Olympic closures and ran the symposium London 2012 Never Took Place. Through those explorations, she produced a long poem: Reclamations: walks, voices, narratives from the Olympic zone. Poems from the collection pepper the walk. Julian Cheyne was chair of Clays Lane housing co-operative and lost his home and community through the Olympic redevelopment, which he actively resisted. He remains a critical commentator on the Olympic legacy and contributor to Games Monitor.

A walk round the Olympic zone telling a different story of regeneration, the Olympics and ‘legacy’. The living history is recounted by Julian Cheyne, an active campaigner against Olympic encroachment, erosion of affordable housing and deceit of the public. Poems will be read at the sites which inspired them by Jude Rosen from – Reclamations – which bring to life absent voices and hidden stories of the marshes and give the walk a lyrical slant. It begins at Stratford station, apart from going up the steps to Westfields and down again, is on the flat and lasts 2 hours and a half hours including half hour tea break at Timber Lodge. A walk round the Olympic zone telling a different story of regeneration, the Olympics and ‘legacy’. The living history is recounted by Julian Cheyne, an active campaigner against Olympic encroachment, erosion of affordable housing and deceit of the public. Poems will be read at the sites which inspired them by Jude Rosen from – Reclamations – which bring to life absent voices and hidden stories of the marshes and give the walk a lyrical slant. It starts at Stratford station and we shall visit Westfield’s covered ‘street’, Stratford ‘International ‘with its regional trains, the International Quarter, Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre, the Orbit, Olympic Stadium, the remains of Hackney Wick’s cultural and industrial district and a secret nuclear waste dump!