#UniversitiesForNottingham | What makes a place a place?
From Debs Storey on January 4th, 2020
Georgina Wilding; University of Nottingham alumna, creative and professional writer and the first Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Young Poet Laureate, performs her specially created spoken word piece about how the Universities in Nottingham are helping to change the lives of local people for the better. About the #UniversitiesForNottingham project: The University of Nottingham has launched a pioneering collaboration with Nottingham Trent University to help change the lives of local people for the better, as independent research reveals that every 22 seconds someone in Nottingham interacts with one of the city’s universities. Read more: https://www.universitiesfornottingham.ac.uk/ The Full poem text is here: So what’s in it the drippy, gooey magic stuff that makes a place a place, What’s the marker, the measure, of a future there to take, It’s the seed that’s watered in a child’s mind, It’s the force of machines engineers designed, The hand held out by a social enterprise, It’s a mum feeding baby shame-free, It’s the push behind the pen of an illustrator, It’s the time given out by a volunteer trainer, It’s the plans sketched down on blue checked paper, It’s a patient on a pathway to health, It’s the song that the city sings, the promise we’ve got, It’s the trading of ideas, sharing our lot, It’s the bridges we’ve built and the doors we’ve unlocked, It’s the people, the universities together for Notts.