Making change through art at TCFT Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

How the power of creative thinking can bring us together

Throughout life, there are instances that change our lives by having a significant impact. Being invited to Bosnia in 2015 to participate in The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) was certainly one of mine.

TCFT is defined as “an international youth-led community of artists, activists, students and professional facilitators with a collective ambition to develop global … Read More »

How we Spread The Word about poetry in Addiscombe

Posted on February 13th, by Steven Kuleshnyk in Culture. 14 comments

The inside story of Croydon’s exponentially-growing poetry night

It was just over a year ago during a routine cuppa at my local café, that I had an idea about how to bring the community together and celebrate the poetic word. I noticed, since I moved here nine years ago, that the arts community in Croydon was quite fragmented. This was very upsetting to me as I have … Read More »

Black History event lights up Central Croydon

Posted on October 23rd, by The Croydon Citizen in Culture. No Comments

David Marino Jr reports on a Black History Month event featuring music, poetry, education and more

Black History Month was in full force in Croydon Saturday, as the Black Cultural Open Day event celebrated African/black culture in a free multimedia presentation featuring music, poetry, education and more.

The event, held at the Project B bar from 2 pm to 7 pm by Black Futures UK, a … Read More »

Event celebrating black culture coming to Croydon

Posted on October 2nd, by David Marino Jr in Culture. No Comments

The day will feature poetry, reggae, African history, and more

The Black Cultural Open Day event will be a celebration of black/African culture to coincide with Black History Month.

The event is being hosted by Black Futures UK, a Croydon-based advocacy group that helps people of African descent gain meaningful employment, as well as provides resources for those attempting to attend university.

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Event review: Reverb poetry evening at Boxpark, Tuesday 4th April

Posted on April 21st, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

Surprised by words – and I wasn’t the only one

The night began badly but got better. The first bit wasn’t the performers’ fault.

Reverb is a monthly poetry performance event that takes place in Boxpark’s BoxBar. Unfortunately, it started almost half an hour late – so while they set up the mics, I crouched on a crate for twenty-seven minutes in a venue I usually avoid like a … Read More »

Some poets went walking round the borough. Here’s a report: it’s pretty thorough

Posted on July 21st, by Mary Champion in Culture. No Comments

They came, they saw… they didn’t quite scan. Mary Champion presents an event review like no other, as Croydon Poets Potager takes a rhyming tour of the town centre

Croydon Poets Potager is a group of local poets and poetry enthusiasts who take our inspiration from our town, its challenges, problems and beauties. As cranes fill the sky and Croydon town centre undergoes rapid change, we felt … Read More »

I would make Croydon better by… October 2015

Posted on October 7th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

Last year we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. We want to involve readers on a larger scale than ever and give everyone … Read More »

My first Croydon summer

Posted on September 8th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture, Uncategorized. No Comments

Charles B. Wordsmith reflects on his first taste of summer in the Cronx

I am still a bit of a new boy as regards being a resident of Croydon, having only arrived this spring. Yet somewhat surprisingly for a lover of the natural world, I am slowly coming to love this southern outer section of London’s urban jungle. I thought therefore that I’d try to write a … Read More »

Reflections on an election

Posted on May 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 1 Comment

Since moving to Croydon from Woking, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he reflects on the outcome of the recent neck-and-neck election race for the parliamentary seat of Croydon Central

Reflections on an election

Took a stroll with my dear wife
Down the now familiar streets
To a hall at St.Michael’s church.
Put a cross against a name
One of whom would claim … Read More »

Poem: Observations from a bench in Wandle Park

Posted on April 28th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

Since moving to Croydon from Woking some months ago, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he seeks to capture an afternoon on a bench alongside the re-surfaced Wandle river

Observations from a bench in Wandle Park


Small, dainty, pretty seagulls swim

Around the pond in Wandle Park,

Like toy model boats with bobbing bottoms,

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