10 - 28 May 2016
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.
Fierce Light brought together leading poets from countries that participated in the First World War, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon and Daljit Nagra, to create new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible; exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works were presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and themes raised within them.
Click here to watch these films.
Film KNOWN UNTO GOD has been selected to be part of the competition of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster/Berlin.
Launching with an exhibition and a special live event, Fierce Light featured the poets during the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, before the poems and films were presented on radio, at other literary festivals and online.
The event and exhibition at Norfolk & Norwich Festival also included Simon Armitage’s commission Still.
— Tim Rich (@66000mph) 14 May 2016
— NNFestival (@NNFest) May 13, 2016
— Samantha Coe (@samanthacoe) May 13, 2016
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich
Dates, Times & Locations
13 May 2016
42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB
10-28 May 2016 (except Sundays & Mondays)
Cavendish House, St Andrews Hill, Norwich NR2 4AE
Hear the Fierce Light poets read on BBC Radio 3 Essays:
Mon 4 July
4th July: Paul Muldoon: July 1st 1916, With the Ulster Division http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j3vnc
Tue 5 July
Yrsa Daley Ward reads ‘When your mother calls you’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j43n3
Wed 6 July
Bill Manhire reads ‘Known Unto God’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j43n7
Thu 7 July
Jackie Kay reads ‘Private Joseph Kay’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j43nf
Fri 8 July
Daljit Nagra reads On your ‘A 1940 Memory’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j43nl