“Make like a poet” for National Poetry Day: 8 October 2015

Illumination speak_© Anthony Burrill, courtesy Thirteen Ways and The Space
Illumination speak_© Anthony Burrill, courtesy Thirteen Ways and The Space

Famous voices Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton and Juliet Stevenson call on the nation to ‘make like a poet’ to light Blackpool Illuminations with poetry

The nationwide celebration of poetry and all things poetical marks its 21st anniversary on Thursday 8 October 2015. The day is an opportunity to break with the tyranny of prose for 24 hours by sharing poetry through voices, films and pictures in imaginative ways.

Leading graphic and visual artists – Anthony Burrill, Laure Prouvost, Bridget Smith and Kathleen Herbert – have teamed up with renowned poets and famous voices to make new films and digital art works.

The voices of Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson and Neil Nunes speaking the words of Hafez, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Howe, Michael Symmons Roberts and Edna St Vincent Millay with poetry written and read by Aoife Mannix will all be free to download and share (there are screen savers for mobiles, tablets and laptops) with beautiful artistic short films – from nationalpoetryday.forwardartsfoundation.org.

So why not dream, speak, love, live, act and think “like a poet” as the day approaches?  The most creative public responses, shared through #nationalpoetryday, will be selected by leading graphic artist Anthony Burrill to appear on the Blackpool Illuminations on National Poetry Day.  The theme of National Poetry Day this year is light.

These works are co-commissioned by Thirteen Ways and The Space in partnership with National Poetry Day and the BBC. To coincide the BBC is presenting a major season ‘Contains Strong Language’ celebrating the power of poetry.

We are delighted to be working with Thirteen Ways to bring this exciting project to Blackpool Illuminations for National Poetry Day as part of our Wordpool Presents programme.

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