Two such residents have tapped into the creative and communal spirit of the estate to establish ‘Exhibit’, a small art and design space that “aims to provoke awareness to design heritage of social housing with special focus on its ageing communities”. It’s located at the foot of the estate, next door to a Barber whose furniture seems untouched since the estate was completed in the 1960s.
I ventured there this weekend for a Bookcrossing event at the current ‘Bibliography’ exhibition. Photographer Kathryn Faulkner has been welcomed into the homes of the Golden Lane Estate residents to capture them reading in their natural habitat; lying on beds, relaxing in armchairs, sitting at tables.
I arrived with my own battered copy of David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green, had it stamped and recorded online, and was then invited into the estate to set it free. After indulging in a voyeuristic peek into people’s lives through Faulkner’s pics, I was emboldened to take a few cheeky peeks of my own as I passed by! And although I didn’t see anyone reading, they may soon find a copy of Black Swan Green on a window ledge, and curl up in bed to lose themselves in someone else’s story.
*I’ll be tracking the progress of my book here. Join the bookcrossing movement for free and set your own books loose on the world.