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Other commissions

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.

Birmingham - Casey Bailey

For Black History Month, 2021, Casey was due to give a live reading at one of Birmigham's community libraries, but in these times it was difficult to arrange. Instead, Casey recorded a whole reading for us. It's in two parts: part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

Herefordshire Libraries - Jonny Fluffypunk

To welcome Herefordshire people back into their libraries, Jonny was commissioned to create a poem and video. You can see it here.