From time to time, Poetry on Loan commissions poets, through libraries, to write and make videos for a particular reason or purpose. Here are some of these.
Birmingham - Spoz and Olga Dermott-Bond
Birmingham Libraries wanted to mark Valentine's Day 2021 with love-related poems to cut through the gloom of lockdown. Spoz and Olga produced some very different poems.
You can Spoz's video here
and Olga's two poems in a video here
Warwickshire - Mal Dewhirst
We commissioned this short introductory video in partnership with Poetry on Loan to mark National Poetry Day 2020. We had hoped to hold a Poetry Walk using the Polesworth Poetry Trail as inspiration close to National Poetry Day but due to Coronavirus and government guidance on social distancing, we decided this wasn't possible at this time. We did however wish to promote the Trail so, through Poetry on Loan, we asked Mal Dewhirst, one of the original poets involved in the Trail, to create this video. We are delighted with it and it has been shared on our social media. We hope it will inspire people local to Polesworth to explore the Trail and when the weather brightens and, provided social distancing guidance allows, we hope that Mal will join us for a Poetry Walk in 2021.
See the video here.
Birmingham - Richard O'Brien
Richard has just retired from his position as Birmingham Poet Laureate, and Birmingham Libraries asked him to make a video to celebrate the experiences of his past two years. It's full of interest and poetry. See it here.
Wolverhampton - Emma Purshouse
This one isn't just Emma Purshouse - she ran an online workshop, and you can hear the result here.