Where Light Falls: new poems in light

St Paul’s Cathedral and Coventry Cathedral – how they will look lit up

The dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, silhouetted against Blitz fire and smoke. Coventry Cathedral, bombed and in flames. These iconic images from the Second World War – and the histories behind them – are the inspiration for two new poetry commissions encouraged into the world through Historic England’s project Where Light Falls.

From 24th – 27th October in London and 14th – 16th November in Coventry, spectacular projections will beam new poems and archive images on to the walls of the two cathedrals.

Historic England and The Poetry Society have worked with poets (Jane Commane in Coventry and Keith Jarrett in London) and local participants from a variety of schools and community organisations to create crowd-sourced poems based on the war-time stories of both buildings. Double Take Projections, the team who designed the artworks, have previously transformed castles into lit-up Christmas presents and covered bridges in illuminated tartan.

Read more about Historic England’s project here, and check back to The Poetry Society website for the poems once the events are complete. Meanwhile, follow along on Twitter and Instagram as the nights get dark and the lights go on at @HistoricEngland #WhereLightFalls

22 October 2019