Raining Poetry in Adelaide | Pavement Poems | from 2 Sep 2020

Raining Poetry in Adelaide

A little bit of magic has been sprinkled onto our city streets, brightening up Adelaide’s rainy days.

As a part of Raining Poetry in Adelaide, a team of students have been busy stencilling our city paths with short poems, written by some very talented local poets.

Now in its fourth year and featuring 20 poems, postgraduates of J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (The University of Adelaide), had the arduous task of choosing just 15 poems from close to 200 submissions this year. The other five were hand-selected by acclaimed Australian poet, Jill Jones.

Inspired by a similar project in Boston USA, the poems are stencilled onto footpaths using invisible hydrophobic paint, which only becomes visible when wet.

So, next time it’s raining, remember to look down and hopefully spot a poem or two. You might just be taken on a short, but whimsical journey by a local lyrical genius.

And if it’s not raining, well, you could also reveal the poem by pouring a little of your bottled water onto it.

Where to find them:

You’ll find these enchanting poems in various locations around the city of Adelaide.

The Raining Poetry in Adelaide team have also thoughtfully plotted the locations into a map for everyone – find it here.

This year’s project will officially be launched in collaboration with the monthly poetry reading series No Wave on the 2 September 2020.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Adelaide website.

What:  Raining Poetry in Adelaide

When:    Official launch Wednesday 2 September 2020

Where:   Adelaide, South Australia (see map link above)

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: ?: Poem by Em König City of Adelaide Facebook page

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