Kingdoms is a triptych of poems by Jasmine Simms, former Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar for the Arts at Durham University. The poems, written specifically for three locations in Durham – Clayport Library, Durham Station and TESTT Space – have been painted as murals by Durham University alumnus Lily Arnold and formed a literary trail as part of the 2019 festival. Inspired by A Room of One’s Own, the poems explore the idea of buildings and spaces as ‘autonomous’, imbued with their own memory and consciousness. What does it mean to have lived in a place? In the end, do the places we occupy begin to occupy us?
See the poems and murals here.