There is so much to say about the small park BIG RUN of 2023 – the BIG SING, the Palestinian Voices tent, the poignant reading of ‘trees behind the fence‘, the words for seeds poem (see below) and the solidarity events in Gaza and in Lajee Centre.
Trees, the deep sumud (resilience) of trees as a metaphor for Palestinian resilience, were a clear theme through this year’s event. Not just the poems but also the planting of the tree donated by our local supporters Nick and Jane and then the inspiring words from Mahmoud:
Not only this but regular participant Katelyn McKeown said this very perceptive piece:
There is an overriding message to small Park BIG RUN which cannot be ignored; the format of the run replicates, in some small part, the claustrophobic environment Palestinians are subjected to under militant apartheid occupation. It is a celebration of the freedom of movement that we all enjoy and probably take for granted in this country. It is an act of solidarity and defiance.Quoted from https://www.steelcitystriders.co.uk/2023/small-park-big-run-2023-report-by-katelyn-mckeown/
See you next year!