'use' poetry whenever we need words.
When we need beauty and clarity, when we fall in love, at a wedding or christening, for a eulogy; we 'borrow' from poets.
"Have You Got A Biro I Can Borrow?" is a poem written in the 1970's by author, critic, broadcaster, memoirist, translator and poet Clive James and set to music by his friend and collaborator, Pete Atkin.
Clive has generously given permission for his words to be used as the concept for our plans for a poetry in Portsmouth.
For 10 days at the end of the June, the Festivities packs the city's unique venues with
Portsmouth Poetry is proud to be a Festivities Creative Partner.
Street Art is controversial. Yet some of the most
interesting and creative talent in the 21st century is found on the
street – Banksy, Opiemme and MyDogSighs.
With a loyal local following, MyDogSighs
contributed 10 years to the Free Art Friday project and has gained
international respect exhibiting in London, New York, Zurich, Hamburg, Chocago
and the Netherlands.
The portsmouth poetry project will illustrate through the exciting medium of tag art to bring poetry in a dynamic new format to audiences who may not know that poetry is for them.
JOHN COOPER CLARKE
SAM COX, LAUREATE
Who better to launch a project determined to
be challenging than a poet with
a career spanning five decades of bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences?
"Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle", member of the Ferrets, Bard of Salford, punk poet or Dr Clarke. He has shared the bill with the Sex Pistols, Fall, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Elvis Costello, New Order and the Honey Monster. He’s worked with Plan B and the Artic Monkeys [“I Wanna Be Yours” on their 5th album is a wedding favourite] and written “Coast” for the National Trust.
His most recent
work “Anthologia” was punblished in October 2015.