Posted: Sun 16th Feb 2020

Local artist pens poem as part of wider creative project aimed at changing people’s views of homelessness for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A poem aiming to make people think what it is to be homeless, has been created by a spoken word artist from Wrexham

‘Home by Definition’, written Natasha Borton, highlights the everyday things that people can take for granted – including a safe place to call your own, a support network and what makes you feel at home – and what it is to be homeless.

The poem was written to coincide with a National Theatre Wales exhibition at the Wrexham Library, which showcased artwork created alongside members of Wrexham’s homeless community.

Organised in collaboration between National Theatre Wales TEAM and local artists Adrian Metcalf and Sophia Leadill, the ‘Our Voices’ display aimed to help changes people’s views of homelessness and share the feelings of those who sleep rough in the area.

Ahead of the exhibition’s closure earlier this week, met with Natasha to discuss her inspiration behind the poem and what she hopes people will take from it.

“I was so difficult, I was really conscious that I didn’t want to take anyone else’s story,” explained Natasha.

“I wanted to show it from my perspective to make it more familiar to people who maybe haven’t experienced homelessness.”

“So it was finding the familiarities and the things that people might miss if they were homeless, and what are the standard outfits that people who are experiencing homelessness are really lacking? And what we don’t think about we think of someone losing just their house. It’s much more than that.”

The ‘Our Voices’ exhibition, which concluded earlier this week, forms part of a wider project taking place until 2022.

Natasha said: “These micro projects and micro events are for us to collect resources and content for a bigger production that’s going to happen in Wrexham in 2022. So it depends on who comes and it depends on what information we get on what happens later on in the project.”

You can view our video of Natasha reading her poem, “Home by Definition” in Wrexham town centre below:

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