Presented By Emergency Exit Arts

Recovery Poems

Part of Healing Together

11 September, 1-7pm

What to Expect: Sensory spectacle


Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) presents the Recovery Poems. How do we commemorate what’s been lost as we start to take tentative steps to coming out of lockdown? What do we want to hold onto and grow? What positive changes can we make to society and the natural environment as we recover from the pandemic? Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger have created an inspiring light poem that will visit public spaces as a backdrop for workshops, performances and reflections.

Image by Alex Bamford

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Site Access

See the Healing Together page for site access information.

Show Access


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • BSL Interpreted (Digital)
  • AD (Digital)

Access content will be available online via your mobile phone. Please bring a charging pack if you are concerned about battery use.


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day. Visit our Access page for more information.

Where to find it

Recovery Poems will be performed in Beresford Square, Woolwich Town Centre, Woolwich, SE18 6BB.

About the company

Emergency Exit Arts began as an artists’ collective born out of a desire to radically transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. At a time of social and political change we aspired to make a positive difference to people’s lives, particularly those who were discriminated against and those living in economically excluded communities across London and the UK. Now a registered charity and one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, EEA has evolved into the reputable outdoor arts company it is today, still pioneering and still inspiring change through creativity.

Robert Montgomery is a Scottish-born, London-based poet, artist and sculptor known for his site-specific installations created from light and text, as well as his ‘fire poems’. He follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolours. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.

Deanna Rodger is a poet, writer, performer, and facilitator. Her writing and performing commissions include; ‘Bigger Than Sport’ (Sports Personality of The Year BBC1), ‘Black History Matters’ (BBC SPORT 2020), ‘Psychobitches’ (SMALL GREEN SHOOTS), ‘Ode to Summer Infant Duo’, Keats 200 (KEATS HOUSE MUSEUM), ‘If’ #ChangeTheGame (BBC SPORT), Dina Asher Smith (BBC SPORT), Jamel Shabazz X Lee Jeans, Female Focus (CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB), Under The Skin (ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL) and Women Who Spit (BBC IPLAYER) , Nationwide, Adidas, St Paul’s Cathedral, Barclays Premier League, Small Green Shoots, and Young Vic.

Supported by

Recovery Poems is a partnership project between Without Walls, Emergency Exit Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts, Robert Montgomery, Deanna Rodger, Thatcham Town Council.

Healing Together is supported by Arts Council England, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Royal Docks and Newham Unlocked.

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