A yell became an intrusion of privacy. Was this a clamouring for entry into houses - or lives? Looking on then, looking back w, I wish I could have been more definite. It might have made me a different, better person, a player t a spectator. Ophelia Street, 1970. A street like any other, a community that lives and breathes together as people struggle with their commitments and pursue their dreams. It is a world we recognise, a world where class and gender divide, where set roles are ackwledged. But what happens when individuals step outside those roles, when they secretly covet, express desire, pursue ambitions - even harm and destroy? An observer in the midst of Ophelia Street watches, writes, imagines, remembers, charting the lives and loves of his neighbours over the course of four seasons. And we see the flimsily disguised underbelly of urban life revealed in all its challenging glory. As the leaves turn from vibrant green to vivid gold, so lives turn and change too, laying bare the truth of the community. Perhaps, ultimately, we all exist on Ophelia Street.
John Simmons was formerly director of verbal identity at Interbrand in London, and is now an independent writer and a director of The Writer. He writes for companies big and small, national and international. He runs workshops through The Writer and D&AD, and is on the Campaign Board for the Norwich International Writers' Centre. His many books include We, Me, Them & It, Dark Angels, The Invisible Grail and 26 Ways of Looking at a Blackberry, as well as three books in Cyan's Great Brand Stories series on Starbucks, the Arsenal and Innocent Drinks. His most recent book, co-written with Jamie Jauncey, is Room121: a masterclass in writing and communication in business. He is a founder director of 26 www.26.org.uk