In 2015 Nelson Brooks was spending a weekend in London researching
the locations for his debut novel, Rules for a born again bachelor. On
the particular Saturday in question, he came upon a group of passionate people
running an open day in a transformed Victorian Cemetery in North East
London. Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was written into the text of the
novel as the place Misty the German Shepherd is taken for walks and Nelson
developed an ongoing interest in the park.
Now turn the clock forward to 2017 and a corporate social responsibility day
with a large European Bank that Nelson has just joined. It is the same
park and after a day cleaning the brambles and nettles a plan begins to
form. What would it be like to celebrate this amazing space in a
series of poems across the year through the office of Poet in Residence.
After conversations with the management and committee, a format was agreed and
Nelson was installed in the role.
Initially twelve poems have been commissioned to celebrate and explore the many
facets of this unique resource to the residents of Tower Hamlets. The
subject material will be as diverse as the species of plant or the variety of
Butterflies. They will speak of nature, history, remembrance and
community, but mostly they will be Nelson’s reflections on a place he has grown
Click on the image to read Nelson's first offering called, New Beginnings.
Click on the image to read February's offering from Nelson called, The Little Army.
Click on the image to read March's offering from Nelson. Nelson
Brooks presents his March poem, 'Samuel Alf James Brooks'.
Samuel is one of the soldiers commemorated on our World Wars memorial.
Click on the image to read Nelson's April poem, called 'Forage'.
Click on the image to read May's offering from Nelson, called 'Bookends'.
Click on the image to read Nelson's 'Flutter', his June poem. Can you guess what it's about?
Click on the image to read 'A walk on the wild side', Nelson's poem for July.
Click on the image to read August's 'Song of the Stones', Nelson's poem about the monuments in the park.
Click on the image to read Nelson's September poem, 'A hero for his time'.
Click on the image to read 'A chill in the air', Nelson's poem for October.
In the month of remembrance, click on the image to read Nelson's poem, 'Eleven'.
Click on the image to read Nelson's final poem of the year, 'And winter came'.