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Introduction by Vici MacDonald
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Introduction by Vici MacDonald

Photographer Vici MacDonald on the development of her collaborative project with poet Tamar Yoseloff • I’ve always been transfixed by typography, and as soon as I got a camera in my hands – one of the many great revelations of art school – I started taking photos of lettering I liked, which tended to be … Continue reading

About the location guide
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About the location guide

A free guide and map with background information on Formerly’s poems and locations, with texts by Tamar Yoseloff and Vici MacDonald. • Although Formerly’s sonnets were inspired by photos of real places, the poet used the images to conjure up her own alternate reality. To satisfy reader interest, a free leaflet Continue reading

Map of the locations
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Map of the locations

A Google map showing where each of Formerly’s photos was taken, enabling readers to revisit the sites that inspired the sonnets  • Locations are numbered in the order of the sonnets, with nearest transport links given. 1: Capacity Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 Tube: Borough or London Bridge 2: Doors Conduit Road, Plumstead, London SE18 … Continue reading

Sonnet 1: Capacity
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Sonnet 1: Capacity

“Fat chance you’ll ever break out of here, / this depository for great mistakes” • Tamar Yoseloff on Capacity: “My poem developed from a play on the name, a place that looks like less than its moniker suggests. I conjure a relationship between two people who’ve come to the end of the road.  The model … Continue reading

Photo 1: Capacity
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Photo 1: Capacity

Capacity House, 2-6 Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 • Vici MacDonald on the Capacity photo: “Capacity House, in this wonky, once-modern lettering, struck me as an odd and melancholy name. Crammed down a narrow side street near Tower Bridge, in 2002 this had been a mailing house for over 30 years. Ten years on it was … Continue reading