Poetry Films for the Environment at LYRA Bristol 14 March

Lucy English and I are pleased to have curated a selection of Poetry Films for the Environment for LYRA 2020, March 14 in Bristol, where the theme is part of the festival this year. Here is a screening booklet with further details about the artists and poets taking part, and we are also featuring essays by Lucy English, Meriel Lland, Helen Moore and Caleb Parkin. This is part of Liberated Words’ ongoing support for artists and poets who are responding to a planet in environmental crisis. We are also looking for further screening venues, and other poetry films on the subject, particularly including diversity within the makers.

international screening
Mary McDonald, Penn Kemp; Ian Gibbins; Helen Dewbery, Suzannah Evans; Helen Moore, Howard Vause; Jutta Pryor, Lucy English; Janet Lees; Fiona Tin Wei Lam, Tisha Deb Pillai; Valerie LeBlanc, Daniel Dugas; Meriel Lland; Sarah Tremlett.

panel discussion
Here is the stimulating panel discussion with Lucy English poet, co-director of LYRA and Liberated Words, and ecopoets Helen Moore and Caleb Parkin. Sadly, Mark Smalley of Extinction Rebellion, ecopoet Dr Meriel Lland and myself – poetry filmmaker Sarah Tremlett, co-curator and co-director of Liberated Words, could not be there. However, the discussion turned out to be very successful in our absence.

Follow-Up Report: Poetry Films and the Web of Life

After hearing this really interesting discussion, I would like to retitle our collection of Poetry Films ‘for the Environment’ as ‘Poetry Films for a Shared Ecosystem’. As Helen Moore noted the very term environment puts man at the centre and everything else seemingly ‘out there’ in a binary of culture and nature. So many vital points raised, particularly in relation to artistic practice, and how a poem for a poetry film, rather than the page, may need a different structural approach – more space – to allow for the other elements of moving image and supportive soundscape. Ultimately, they agreed that ‘shifts in perception’ and/or empowering others, or simply gaining knowledge (as a maker or viewer) were all outcomes that they hoped might result from watching these films, which highlight a planet in crisis.

So sad to have missed it. But there will be more!!

Poetry Films for the Environment
Arnolfini Art Gallery
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, FREE EVENT Sat 14th March 1–2
https://www.lyrafest.com/#events/e61060
@lyrafest @liberatedwords @ArnolfiniArts

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