After Christmas Death came to the Hill, and with its inseparable partner life, provoked soul searching conversation, reminiscences, reaffirmation and Bender.
The walls of the Hill Station transformed to black and Death was introduced by artist and calligrapher, A Dee, in golden characters. Appreciate the zen-esque impression and draw inspiration from the steady hand and line.
Life was abundant on the Before I Die Wall:
‘Before I die I want to Live with passion… dress up, meet crazy wonderful people + do strange things’
Hundreds of posts were made onto the wall they can all be viewed on the Bold Words1 Facebook site: www.facebook.com/groups/400274933431051/
Also on the site are contributions, images, poems, cartoons and video clips.
Two events were held alongside the wall and the Facebook activities.
Death Café; where 19 people attended on a suitably cold and grey blowy evening in February. They came for many reasons:
“I have always been interested in death”
“I had a moment of apprehension when I was about 11 when I realised that Death was inevitable….”
“I discovered my father dead in bed….”
“I am a Buddhist and we see our life as a droplet of water from the sea that returns to the sea when we die”
We all had a story to tell. Hopes and fears were shared.
“I have not heard such deep and openly shared discussion in a group ever”
The Final fling was a small celebration by those who had been involved and a few others who showed up to celebrate Death’s passing. We shared stories, poems and the Facebook highlights. The best contribution of the evening won a prize. Bridget McKenzie shared her Death By Chocolate* prize for singing and playing 2 beautiful songs reflecting her reminiscences: ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ and ‘Sweet Old World’
Bridget shared her cake and with Bold Words we said good bye to Death on the Hill.
*Cake from Jacqui at Hill Station
Come to Final Fling Thurs Feb 26 at Hill Station 6.30 -10pm. Toast good bye to Death on the Hill. First drink free. Please bring a song, poem, a story, dramatic piece or something to share. Prize for best contribution!
At the Hill Station. Tonight from 6.30pm. First drink free.
Join us to celebrate the major works that have been going on at New Cross Learning. Thanks to all who contributed to Artmongers’ Kickstarter campaign last year, plus other contributions from Lewisham Council and a local trust, much has been happening inside the library. There are now two lightboxes with amazing artworks by local artists, an entirely new ceiling, new carpet and everything has been redecorated for a bright, fresh feel. The new computers (also thanks to a grant) are installed and thinks are kicking off.
Come and join us to celebrate this fantastic achievement.
4pm-7pm Saturday Feb 28
It is the magnificent enigma, the will-o’-the-wisp, the awesome unknown.
It is Death.
Bold Words, led by Compassionate Funerals, provides us with a chance to explore our feelings, impressions and understanding of death.
The Before I Die…. Wall
Artist Candy Chang created the first Before I Die… wall. We would like you to consider life through the perspective of death. We would like you
to finish the sentence with your aspirations.
Death Café 6-8pm Thurs 19th Feb
At a Death Café people, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping
people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
A Death Café is a facilitated discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. Register your interest on the Facebook page, at firstname.lastname@example.org or with staff at Hill Station
Bold Words Facebook Page
Throughout the event you can post your images, words, poems and thoughts to the Bold Words Facebook page:
Or on Twitter @BoldWords1
The Final Fling 6.30pm Thurs 26th Feb
The Final Fling will be an event at the end of February where we bring together the Bold Words and Bold Images and affirm our commitment to
our lives and to each other.
Bold Words is presented by Bold Vision
Sponsor: Compassionate Funerals www.compassionatefuneral.co.uk 0208 616 4240