Deptford is Changing book

_T1A7076Photo: Petra Rainer

Deptford is Changing: a creative exploration of the impact of gentrification is available in book form.

Through the financial support of CHASE – the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts in South-East England – which part-funded the printing of this book, each participant received a free copy. I was also able to distribute the book for free to local community groups and spaces, libraries, some residents on low income, and campaign groups.

The book can be read (and sometimes borrowed) in the following local places: New Cross Learning, Pepys Resource Centre, Deptford Lounge,  Lewisham Library, West Greenwich Library, Evelyn Community CentreArmada Community Hall, 2nd Deptford Scouts Hall, El Cheapou (77A Deptford High Street). The book is also stocked at the libraries of Goldsmiths, London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle, Central St Martin at King’s Cross and Chelsea Art College.

The book can also be read online for free: tinyurl.com/deptfordischanging

The book is for sale for £20 at The Word Bookshop on 314 New Cross Road. There is also a reduced price of £15 for project participants (after receiving their free copy), people on lower incomes and campaigners. To receive a discounted copy, please contact me directly. I’m happy to deliver personally within Deptford/New Cross/Greenwich or send copies for £4 each within the UK. In order to be able to offer discounted copies, the price for organisations and institutions is £25. Proceeds from book sales are donated to local initiatives which are supporting local residents impacted by current housing policy and austerity measures, and are contributing to the costs of a planned reprint.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly: Anita.Strasser@gold.ac.uk

The book has 260 pages, is 280x210mm in size, is printed in colour and contains essays, interviews, poetry, song lyrics, hand-written comments, drawings, paintings, models, maps and artworks of all kinds, as well as 400 photographs – all in response to the changing face of Deptford. The content was produced in dialogue with over 160 residents, some of whom produced their own contributions to this book. It is a book that documents and critically analyses the struggles that local residents are up against due to unjust social change and regeneration, but it also celebrates the amazing community spirit in the area that speaks of an ethics of care and social solidarity that is so typical of Deptford. The idea was to provide local residents with a platform for their voices and experiences and give people the opportunity to define for themselves what Deptford and life in Deptford means to them. I wanted to create an alternative history and a counter-narrative to the one we are used to from the council, property developers and the media, which is a narrative many local people do not identify with.

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