The Cultural Olympiad: Carrying the Torch for Art?

This text explores the cultural politics and poetics of the London Olympics. It begins by looking at the   growth of ‘feel good’ art in the context of the economic recession.   It goes on to discuss the contemporary role of poetry in public culture ,  and the  relationship b between the aesthetics of sport and literature. It concluded with a detailed reading of the poetry commissioned for  the Olympic Park. The first version of the text was  published in the poetry magazine Agenda in its Spring Issue 2012. Parts of it were also reproduced in Soundings 50  and on line by the History Workshop Journal. View the full document here:  The Cultural Olympiad: Carrying the Torch for Art?

London New Jerusalem 2012 : An Alternative Scenario for the Opening Ceremony

This scenario has been compiled from ideas  produced by focus groups made up of a representive cross section of  the East London community.  It is  related to issues discussed in Chapter 7 of ‘The Wrong Side of the Track? ‘ View the full document here:  East End Old London New Jerusalem Olympic Circus 2012