as a vine snake, slinking up for air
then back below streets and footsteps,
beside subways striped with bright tiles
like discarded reptile skins”
(From ‘Underbelly Undercurrents’, referring to River Sherbourne)
and round the thrumming ringway,
hour after hour, chop-chop, tock–tick –
lives and dreams motor onwards
in a flow that can’t be stopped.”
(From Clocking In/On/Off)
Spring is in the air, my novella Kaleidoscope is launched and next up for me are the poetryfilms written by me and produced by talented filmmaker Ben Cook for the Disappear Here project commission. More details about this in the official press release below for the Disappear Here poetryfilm launch screening tomorrow. Excited me? Well, maybe just a little!
Thursday – 16/3/2017 @ The Box – Fargo – Coventry – CV1 5ED
18 Artists – 27 poetry films exploring the Modernist/Brutalist superstructure of Coventry ringroad.
Come and see the artist’s work produced over the last few months, find out more about their creative process in a Q&A session and connect with funders, supporters and citizens of Coventry!
Adam Steiner, Disappear Here Project Lead, said: “It’s been a great experience to work alongside emerging and established artists from Coventry and beyond to reimagine the ringroad through a series of poetry films.
“Coventry ringroad is one of the city’s most iconic (and notorious) physical landmarks , acting as both city wall, orbital conduit and dividing line. I feel the ringroad deserves to be celebrated as well as criticized – it is the duty of artists and citizens to engage with issues of public space, control of architecture and the human experience of our built environment – to shine a light on the fantastic, the boring and the universal in the everyday. Coventry has always been underrated as a place to live, work and create – so I hope the films will encourage people to visit and seek inspiration where they can to read, write and attend more poetry events!”
Laura McMillan, Manager, Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “The diversity of artists, writers and filmmakers will be central to Coventry’s plans for UK City of Culture. This project engages artists in reflecting on an iconic feature of a city that is constantly reinventing itself.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “One of the Arts Council’s ambitions is to use our National Lottery funding to support the creation of new artistic work that entertains and inspires, which is why we invested in Disappear Here. It will be a great experience for people to take a fresh look at Coventry’s architecture and landscape through the eyes of these poets and filmmakers.”
LAUNCH – INFO
The event is FREE – all are welcome – there will be a bar (with some money behind it for those who arrive on time)
Emily Wright X Martin Green
Alex Taylor X Leanne Bridgewater
Mab Jones X Emilia Moniszko
Jack Norris X Cathy Galvin
Sangam Sharma X Cormac Faulkner
Brian Harley X Zoe Palmer
Richard Houguez X Dora Mortimer
Ben Cook X Sarah James
John McCaughley X James Grady
Doors open – 7pm
Screening kicks-off – 7.30pm (with intermission)
Q&A with the artists – 9pm
Event Ends – 10pm
Please RSVP via EventBrite:
A Guardian article about the project, including some sneak previews into the inspiration, approach and subject matter in some of the films can be read here.