National Poetry Day

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Bradford poets  celebrate National Poetry Day 2018.

Poets from across the district come together on Bradford’s Big Screen to mark National Poetry Day.

Poets of all ages and backgrounds gathered together this year for a studio filming session facilitated by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Bradford Libraries. The result is 24 exciting short films  – with poets using dramatic backgrounds, lighting and props to bring their poetry to life for the screen.

The project  – in its third year –  has been led by Bradford Libraries in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film.  The films were produced by local filmmaker, Richard Alexander.

Project lead, Dionne Hood, Development Officer for Reading and Stock at Bradford Libraries said: “The poets really enjoyed the filming as for many it was a first time experience in a studio. We have an incredibly creative and growing network of poets in Bradford and National Poetry Day is the perfect platform to let all this talent shine.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said:  “National Poetry Day is an important way of reminding us all of the power of words and is an excellent platform for our Bradford poets to share their fantastic work.”

Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson said: “This year’s poems are diverse in subject and dramatic in delivery.  It is fabulous to be working with Bradford Libraries again and sharing the poetic talent of the city with a wider audience.”

Susannah Herbert, director of Forward Arts Foundation, the charity that runs National Poetry Day, said. “Bradford is truly unique among British cities when it comes to celebrating poetry: this is a city that values poetry’s power to bring people together and make their voices heard.”

The films will run between 10am and 11 pm on the Big Screen every hour on Thursday 4 October and will then be scheduled in general programming until the end of the year. They can also be viewed on the website: http://bradford-city-of-film.com/big-screen/national-poetry-day/

Details of schedule times for the poems on Thursday 4th October on the Big Screen:

10am, 2pm, 4pm and 8pm – all of the films will be shown at these times

  •  A selection of the poems will also be shown at 5 mins and 35 mins past the hour throughout the day.

If you can’t get down to the screen you can watch the films here. Please note they are in alphabetical order of first names.

After the Raging by Barbara Howerska from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

 

Consumed by the Fallacies by Bernie the Bolt from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

An Old Mill by a Stream by Brian Collier from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Change? by Bruce Barnes from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Saturday Morning by Carol Clayton from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Hooray for Hats by David Driver from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

The Tooth Fairy by Florence Remmer from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Birth Plan by Gill Lambert from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Morning (Dedicated to the memory of Jonny Walker) by Kathleen Strafford from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

 

 

Bradford by Kevin Flaherty from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Change by Lorna Dunsire from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Gabriel the Undertaker by Mark Connors from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Dream On by Marian Barker from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) by David Hockney 1971 by Nicholas Bielby from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

The Fabric of Life by Pam Benfield from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

The Drum also Dreams by Rosalind York from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Time for a Change by Sally Tottle from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Heaven by Samar Shahdad from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

To a Dandelion by Sarah Corbett from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

My Library by Shareena Lee Satti from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

The Lines of History by Sheena Hussain from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

The Risk Not Taken by Steve O’Connor from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Three Summers by Sue Vickerman from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.

Changing Moons by William Coniston from Bradford UNESCO City of Film on Vimeo.