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SUFFOLK DAY POEM
Delighted that BBC Radio Suffolk has been using one of my poems to promote this year's Suffolk Day. I read out the full version of the poem, which is called Suffolk Heart, on the Lesley Dolphin show on Suffolk Day on Monday 21 June.
The video poem 'Halesworth Whispers' was launched on Friday 4 June. Written and created by me, as part of a residency to explore and celebrate the town and its people during the lockdowns of 2020-21. I gathered memories, stories and thoughts from locals, reaching out to many who’ve been feeling 'cast adrift'.
The 10-minute video poem mixes film recorded by Nathan Berry in May 2021 with photographs (past and present) and archive footage. The music was composed and performed by pianist Maurice Horhut and the video poem was produced by Naomi Jaffa.
'Halesworth Whispers' was generated by the Celebrating Us residency, organised by Suffolk Artlink and Dance East with funding from Arts Council England.
SOUTH LOWESTOFT VIDEO POEM
I am currently creating a new video poem, commissioned by East Suffolk Council under the London Road, Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone. This follows the popular 'Right Up Your Street' 10-minute video poem, created last autumn, which shone a spotlight on the north end of the town's High Street and Scores under the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone.
I'm in the process of gathering memories from residents and shopkeepers – former and current – via social media for the video poem that will generate fresh appreciation for the south of Lowestoft. If you have any photographs or memories to share, please do get in touch. The video poem will have an online launch in June.