Bill Manhire joins Paul Muldoon and Jackie Kay among others for First Light project

Wonderful! Grabbed a cheap seat to go to Circle of Laureates on Friday but this is definitely outside whims! Ah if only that backyard portal was on green light.

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‘Perhaps no art form captured the complexity and terror of the First World War more acutely than poetry. Drawing on their experiences, poets used their art to reflect on the war’s impact, from the horrors of the battlefield to the ways in which the conflict rendered a familiar world unrecognisable to those left living in it.

For Fierce Light, leading poets from countries that participated in the First World War, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra and Jo Shapcott, are each creating new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible, exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works will be presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and the themes raised within them. Fierce Light launches with an exhibition and a special live event featuring the poets during the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, before the poems and films are presented on radio, at other literary festivals and online.’

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