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The Town That Made Me

Following the vote in the UK to leave the European Union, performance poet Bohdan Piasecki asks what it is that defines home and our sense of place.

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

What defines home and our sense of belonging? In Sunderland 61% of the city's population voted to leave the European Union. Set against a historical political backdrop of industrial decline and deprivation in the region, increasingly the fabric which defined and shaped the character of the city and its people is disappearing. In the final part of The Headline Ballads performance poet Bohdan Piasecki visits Sunderland to find out what makes us who we are, and how we hold onto our sense of identity when the city in which we live is changing beyond all recognition? He weaves the story of Sunderland's lost heritage using the personal testimonies of the people who live there, documenting their fierce pride in their city and explores how it's trying to redefine itself.

Produced by Cecile Wright.

28 minutes

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Presenter Bohdan Piasecki
Producer Cecile Wright

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