Artist and poet Catherine Benson performs her poem, The Bear in the Bin. As Cathy Benson, she illustrated the poetry book Blast Off, by Carole Bromley.
This poem was written just after this amazing moth’s behaviour had been recorded. The scientists involved kindly sent me the only photographs of its existence, with the moth actually on the robin’s head, its proboscis outstretched into – well, you’ll have to listen to the poem.
For National Poetry Day 2015’s theme of ‘light’ we filmed people in Bristol whose lives involved light in some way. Here are some of them performing She Walks in Beauty by George, Lord Byron.
Leilah Boukhedenna charmingly performs Roger Stevens’ Judy’s Dog Poem. Roger has recently written a book with Brian Moses, The Waggiest Tails: Poems Written by Dogs, illustrated by Ed Boxall, (Otter-Barry).
Coral performs her moving poem, Dancing Bear.
Filmed at Folly Farm, Somerset, Celia performs her poem A Liking for a Viking!
This film was made at an interactive, multi-media, ten-day family poetry exhibition at the Arnolfini in Bristol, 2009. All the paraphernalia is still around and just waiting for a new venue to explode in – could it be yours?
Celia performing her fabulous poem, Pelican.
If you’d like to read more about Celia, here is her entry in the A-Z, above: Celia Warren.
Susan Richardson writes the most beautifully atmospheric poems about wildlife. Here is a link to her new book – Words the Turtle Taught Me. Susan is embarking on a tour performing work from Words the Turtle Taught Me on her Thirty Coastal Readings for Thirty Threatened Species tour at venues all round the coast of the UK. Details on her website, here. Slavka Liskova is an actress who read this poem for us on National Poetry Day 2015.
Gerard Benson is one of my favourite poets who wrote for young people. He sadly died in 2014. Here is a link to one of his wonderful poetry books for children: To Catch an Elephant
Ooooooh… Jan Dean.
Susan Richardson‘s beautiful poem was recorded for National Poetry Day 2015, when the theme was light. Susan Richardson’s work celebrates and defends animals and wild places. She has a new book out – Words the Turtle Taught me, available here. Slavka Liskova is an actor. Filmed by Peter Brownlee, Chew Valley Films.