The making of Love ties took an enormous amount of work from different people to make it happen. It was really important to me that I reached as many groups and residents living in and around Hanley Park as possible. Letting in the Light ( a Community Arts Group that I set up in 2005 with Anne Kinnaird) were asked to coordinate the community workshops. Working with creative writers, singers and other artists a range of community activities took place all talking about Love. Through these activities participants were asked to write Love Letters. There was one in particular that really struck me. Forty years ago, a young couple fell in love in Hanley park. They would meet every evening on the steps leading to the boating lake. Then one day she turned up as normal, but he didn’t. She wrote the most beautiful letter to him during the project. It ends with “Your smile is burnt on my memory – where did you go?” It still brings tears to my eyes.
Below is a film made by Darryl O’hara that shows some of the activities that took place.