A Place For Words: Case Studies, Literature and public art (permanent outcomes)

The case studies linked to below give brief details about (and where available external links to) existing Literature and public art projects which have permanent outcomes.


Westpark, Darlington – A partnership between poet W.H.Herbert and developer Bussey and Armstrong Projects, resulting in a unique new development in which poetry celebrates the heritage, ecology and possibilities of the site.

Text in the City

Off The Shelf – Text in the City, Sheffield – A series of high profile poetry commissions, placing unique and easily accessible writing in key city centre locations.

Living Legends

Living Legends, Tintagel, Cornwall – A regeneration project in the village of Tintagel. Poet Amanda White worked with lead artist Michael Fairfax, and community members, to create a wall of words in a new public space.

Hawthorn WordWorks

Hawthorn WordWorks, Murton – A project creating poetry sculptures for a new public space on the site of an old coke works. Poet Linda France worked with five groups local to the site and blacksmith William Pym.


Peases West Railway Walk – Writer, Julie Ward, worked with local residents and sculptor Keith Alexander to create permanent pieces of work for a public footpath and cycle way following the route of an old mineral rail-track in the town of Crook, County Durham.

River Don

River Don, Sheffield – A Text in the City commission for local Sheffield poet, Chris Jones. A series of haiku and tankas blasted into sandstone as part of a new build development next to the River Don.


Glade, Prudhoe – A collaborative work between poet, Ira Lightman and artist, Dan Civico, creating a centrepiece for the Front St Redevelopment Scheme in Prudhoe, for Tynedale Council.


The Spennymoor Letters – Sedgefield Borough Council commissioned poet, Ira Lightman, to create a series of works based on the name of the town.

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