Shakespeare inspires public transport poetry

Have you ever wondered “what if….?”  Judith Cherniak was in a group reading Shakespeare and came to a line about a love-smitten man wanting to put love poetry up on every tree.  She wondered what it would be like to put poetry in spaces on the walls on the London Underground.  Thankfully, she wrote a letter to the Managing Director of the Underground – who, to her surprise, responded positively.  Beginning with just 6 poems, Faber & Faber printing the posters for free, and a small grant from Arts Council – and 25 years later, in 2011, gave this interview about how it all began, and how the idea spread to Dublin, New York and Paris.

Almost unbelievably, the project began with just 3 people (Judith and two friends) who have continued throughout.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead
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