This is a poetic manifesto for community action; a piece of art that can also be applied practically as a basis for collective organising. Art is vital to community action, and at a time when we need to make our voices heard, this is intended to inspire those in our city who fight inequality everyday. 

Heidi is a poet and theatre-maker based in Liverpool. She studied Contemporary Theatre and Performance at MMU and has been a member Young Everyman Playhouse for the last 7 years. As part of the BBC Words First programme in 2019, Heidi was published in their poetry anthology Use Words First. 

This manifesto is one of several mini projects reflecting on Community Power and Action, commissioned as part of Collective Encounters’ “Above and Beyond” project, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Heidi Henders poet