Cleaning the streets with poetry

Eleven of our cleansing trucks hit the streets today, decorated with giant poems.

I joined poet Martin Harrison, Sydney Writers' Festival artistic director Jemma Birrell and staff from the City's Cleansing and Waste team this morning to unveil the poetry-emblazoned trucks.

The City has been a major sponsor of the festival since its launch in the late 1990s, and in 2012 we announced a significant funding boost for the 2013 and 2014 festivals.

For this year's festival, Luke Davies - the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award-winning poet and 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival guest - has selected 19 poems, including work by W.B. Yeats and Australia's Judith Wright, to feature on the sides of our trucks.

Each truck will feature two giant poems, measuring more than two metres wide and one metre high. This idea was first put forward as part of our cultural policy discussion paper.

Keep an eye out for the poems as they roam the city streets this month.

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