Photo: Petra Rainer
Deptford is Changing: a creative exploration of the impact of gentrification is now available in book form and can be read (and sometimes borrowed) in the following local places: The Pie ‘n’ Mash Autonomous Social Cafe, New Cross Learning, Pepys Resource Centre, Deptford Lounge, West Greenwich Library, Evelyn Community Centre, Armada Community Hall, St Nick’s Church, El Cheapou (77A Deptford High Street), Goldsmiths library. The book will also soon be stocked at Lewisham Library, the library of London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle and of Chelsea Art College, and other places, which I will announce later on.
The book is also for sale for £25 for organisations and £20 for individuals (available at The Word Bookshop on 314 New Cross Road for £20). 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 £3 each within the UK. Donations are also welcome to save up for a reprint and book events, help me break even and to keep prices at a relatively low level for local residents. If interested, 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. Due to the funding received from CHASE, the book has been made available for free to all participants, local community spaces, organisations I worked with, and some local residents/families on low incomes.