Filmpoems celebrated at The Place for Poetry Conference

The Poetry Society is delighted to be exhibiting two of our recently-commissioned filmpoems at The Place for Poetry festival and conference at Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, over 7-8 May. The two films included in their rich programme of poetry films, both made by Alastair Cook of Filmpoem, will be The Black Delph Bride made with Liz Berry’s poem commissioned as part of our Canal Laureate programme, and The Day the Deer Came, a filmpoem made from the 2014 National Poetry Competition’s second prize-winning poem by Joanne Key. Both are featured on our website, and below.

Featuring keynote speakers Paul Muldoon, Patience Agbabi and Dan O’Brien, plus a host of other contributors, The Place for Poetry is a dynamic two-day festival investigating the spaces in which contemporary poetry operates. Through a programme of seminars, masterclasses, readings and academic papers from leading poets and poetic practitioners, the aim is to explore the place of as well as the spaces for poetry in modern life.

The ‘place for poetry’ in films and digital media is rapidly expanding and this exhibition, curated by Goldsmiths MPhil/PhD student Jenny Lewis, includes different interpretations of the term ‘film poems’ by a deliberately wide range of international poets, artists and filmmakers. Each film demonstrates the ‘place for poetry’ in often subtle, innovative and inspirational ways.