Bringing together poets and film aficionados for an exploration of the a fascinating connections between poetry and film. Not only have great films been made about poets and their lives, but poets have often reflected on films and film-making in their work. Some poets are said to use the techniques of film, and some great movies are said to aspire to poetic status.
Some great films have been made about poets and their lives, and poets have often reflected on films and film-making in their work. Some poets are said to use the techniques of film, and some great movies are said to aspire to poetic status. Join us for a fabulous evening bringing together poets and film aficionados for an exploration of the fascinating connections between poetry and film, including a special account of the use of poetry in Indian cinema.
Date: Monday 2 November
Venue: Hall One
John Mole, Poet in the City’s distinguished poet in residence. In addition to writing award-winning poetry collections for both children and adults, he is an accomplished jazz clarinetist and a great film aficionado.
Terence Davies is one of England’s greatest film directors and screenwriters. His movies include Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Neon Bible and The House of Mirth. His documentary Of Time and the City about his native Liverpool, which premiered at Cannes in 2008, features both song and poetry.
Philip French, recently crowned critic of the year at the British Press Awards, has spent almost five decades as the Observer’s film critic. His extraordinary career has charted many of the finest moments of cinema history. He was editor of the much acclaimed Faber Book of Movie Verse (1993).
Nick Drake is a distinguished poet and movie script writer. His first poetry collection, The Man in the White Suit, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1999. His most recent collection, From the Word Go, was published in 2007. His most recent movie work includes the screenplay for the film Romulus, My Father.
Kaleem Sheikh, who studied Indian Classical Music under tutelage of Ustad Sultan Khan, is an expert on Indian cinema and poetry. Amongst other things he worked with the late Ismael Merchant (of Merchant Ivory Films), as a broadcast music journalist for BBC Radio, and as a consultant on ethnomusicology andpoetry.
Jay Visva Deva, a creative arts consultant, is the chief executive of Sama Arts Network, one of the leading arts organisations in the UK. He has produced over fifteen hundred events in the UK, including many landmark Indian performing arts events. A founding member of Navras Records, an important music labels specialising in Indian Classical Music, he is now advises Sachal Music, a new label from Lahore, which is being launched in London this autumn.
The event will also feature poetry readings from the distinguished actor Lucy Tregear.
Yep, I’m the event manager. I’ll be there making sure it all goes smoothly.