Where Light Falls

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

Bomb-damaged Cheapside in 1946, (c) Historic England

Historic England and The Poetry Society worked with poets (Jane Commane in Coventry and Keith Jarrett in London) and local participants to create crowd-sourced poems based on the war-time stories of the two Cathedrals. This Autumn, the poems will be beamed onto the walls of the buildings by a team of architectural projection artists whose previous projects have transformed castles into lit-up Christmas presents and covered bridges in illuminated tartan.

Keith’s poem will be projected on the walls of St Paul’s Cathedral the evenings of 24-27 October 2019, and Jane’s poem will be visible at Coventry Cathedral from 14-16 November 2019. More details here, and more to come as we get closer to the projections events this Autumn.

Coventry Cathedral, (c) Historic England
Claremont Writers Group with Keith Jarrett in St Paul’s Cathedral (c) Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society

Where Light Falls is a Historic England project, delivered in partnership with The Poetry Society and Double Take projections, with the participation of Caludon Castle School, Coventry Central Library, Coventry Older Voices, Good Chance, Coventry Stanza, Fire & Dust, Archbishop Tenison’s School, Eastbrook School, George Green’s School, Lady Margaret School, Exiled Writers Ink, Claremont Centre writers group, and the Cathedrals’ archivists, education and event staff.