September 21st 2022

Boundary Way Project Celebrates National Poetry Day

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You're invited to celebrate National Poetry Day with Boundary Way Project, in collaboration with the Dear Tomorrow Project. So, what is National Poetry Day?

‘National Poetry Day is an annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends. Each year we come together because voices, words and stories help to bridge understanding in our community.’

This year, to mark the occassion, Boundary Way Project has commissioned Wolverhampton’s poet laureate Kuli Kohli to create 2 new poems around this year’s theme - the environment. We are delighted to be sharing these new works at our first online Open Mic event, which will take place in the evening of this special day - 6th October 2022. Leading up to this day, we have lots of ways that you can get involved, so read on to find out more...

Firstly, Boundary Way Project would love for you to join us online on Monday 26th September 2022 from 2-4pm for a special take on our monthly Boundary Way Writer's Group. For this free session, poets Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger will be leading prompts that explore visions of our climate future in conjunction with the Dear Tomorrow climate storytelling project. They will be helping participants to create letter poems as well as looking at the industrial context of the Black Country

This one-off opportunity is a special session of our monthly friendly writer's group, which, every month, offers a chance for people to create and share poetry on a nature and environmental theme. Anyone who takes place in this month's workshop will be invited to read their poems at the forthcoming Open Mic evening for National Poetry Day if they would like to and will have the opportunity to be part of ‘Dear Tomorrow' - a new exhibition exploring climate stories in the Black Country, opening at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on the 5th November 2022.

Will you be joining us for the Open Mic night on 6th October? The evening will be hosted by renowned Black Country poets, Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger and Dave Pitt – collectively known as ‘Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists’. They will also be joined by members of Boundary Way Writers Group, who will be sharing a range of poetry exploring the natural world and the climate and ecological emergency.

The evening is part of our collaboration with New York based climate storytelling project Dear Tomorrow, who are working in the UK for the first time this Autumn in a new partnership with Boundary Way Project, Gatis Community Space and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

We hope to see you at our workshop or Open Mic event, open to both those reading and to attend as an audience member. Everyone welcome!

Book your free places below:

Monday 26th September 2022 - 2:00 to 4pm - Online - Boundary Way Writer's Group

Thursday 6th October 2022 - 7:30 to 9:00pm - Online - Boundary Way Project Open Mic Evening