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Welcome to your December update

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*Our poetry competition for Peace Festival 2020 attracted more than 90 entries from four continents. Participants were from Coventry, other parts of UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, USA, China, Greece, Uganda and India! The judges had a gruelling time because of the high standard of poems.
The virtual awards ceremony was attended by 33 entrants from three continents. That everyone enjoyed the awards ceremony was evident from comments such as “Thank you for this great Coventry event and opportunity for poets to share their work”, “Every poem has been creative and written beautifully”, etc.
The winner was Joe Reynolds. In second place was Olga Dermott-Bond. Steve Denehan and Russell Berry were in joint third place.
A competition booklet containing the best of the poems will be published in the first quarter of 2021. All winning entries will be published next year in Chatterbox Magazine along with a selection of the Judges’ Choice poems.
All poems entered for the competition and considered by the judges can be found on our page. The link is https://positiveimagesfestival.co.uk/neighbours
For a video recording of the poetry readings and awards event, the link is https://youtu.be/jQgGSKI454A
Positive Images Festival thanks the Events Team of Coventry City Council for the award of a small grant.

*News from Emilie Lauren Jones about We Speak Poetry Project.
To hear Karima’s poem in Urdu and its English translation, click the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X1358qeaQ. The video also contains a textile that Karima created, the four lower panels depict the BLM movements, two of the scenes are from the Coventry march.
Here are the poetry workshop links for October: Quick Session: https://youtu.be/vHvRxtV6KCI Main Session: https://youtu.be/qILB5fenO7Y Comment from a participant: Many thanks for the video links to your really interesting workshop. I loved the Haikus and didn't know that the first word is usually about time. Many thanks to you and PIF for making the workshops possible. Since lock-down it feels like the only link I have now with the outside world.
For Robert Gainer’s poetry in Serbian and English, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TWxJLEG7ps&list=UUrJ4fqe2XOPJo0R8QjaEjfA

*Emilie Lauren Jones’ We Speak Poetry project continues to flourish.
Visit  https://youtu.be/bXicZ0LPZOM below to watch this week’s offering.

A new video will go out each Friday and you will be able to listen to people and words from the globe.
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please  email [email protected] 

And here is news from our partner organisations…

*Albany Theatre invites people to visit their brand new website www.albanytheatre.co.uk

*Chat Central’s December newsletter includes the December calendar and information about: a host of fun things to do on-line; outdoor meetings, the new CC4Y project aimed at 16-24 year olds and Christmas Chatty Cafés.

*Coventry Action for Neighbourhoods continues to keep us informed about issues through its weekly newsletter.

*Coventry City of Culture Trust has offered the first glimpse of programmes for 2021. It has also announced that Coventry Glides will take place from 4th December 2020 to 10th January 2021 in Coventry Cathedral Ruins, which will be transformed into a spectacular ice rink. Tickets priced from £5 available from coventry2021.co.uk The Turner Prize will be presented at the Herbert Art and Museum as part of the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations.  Coventry UK City of Culture Trust has issued its December newsletter, which is full of exciting news.

*Coventry Libraries’ request members to book an appointment to get their bundle of books. Visit www.coventry.gov.uk/requestlibrarybookbundle or ring 02476832314

*Coventry City Council’s Prevent Team, in association with Families For Life is offering free online community workshops covering mental health and wellbeing, dealing with traumatic experiences and the challenges of myths and radicalisation. To register, email [email protected]

*News from the Council’s Migration Team: Earlier this year, Coventry City Council and St Francis Church of Assisi partnered to deliver a pre-entry ESOL project called LEAP! Following the success of its September cohort, LEAP is now looking to enrol more clients in January 2021. For more information or to refer a client, please call the Adult Education Service on 07811 02 06 51 or St Francis Employability on 07555 60 75 75. Or email [email protected]

*Creative Health Meet-Ups has issued its November newsletter, containing local and national news from the creative health sector.

*A young tree at the War Memorial Park was transformed into a multilingual World Tree of Peace by the Godiva Sisters. The World Tree of Peace film is available on YouTube through the link https://youtu.be/TQTUYEWdVpo

*Foleshill Creates at Home invites people to register for a place on their free workshops, being delivered in partnership with Orbit, Coventry City of Culture and Broad Street Hall. Online registration forms are available at https://forms.gle/2ykoRkbWhFv6H86K9

*Friends of the War Memorial Park will mark the park’s Centenary Year in 2021 with a year-long celebration involving interested individuals and community organisations. To get involved, please email [email protected]

*Herbert Art Gallery and Museum has circulated information about Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification for children and young people. For more information, visit www.artsaward.org.uk
Following the recent announcement that Coventry will enter tier 3 on Wednesday 2nd December, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum has decided to remain closed to the public until Saturday 2nd January 2021.

*Hillfields Readers Group (HRG) has issued its informative December update, which also includes a Historical Novel Quiz.

*Maokwo’s November newsletter lists information about: their Black History Month event, regular meetings, and work opportunities. For further information, email [email protected]

*From Wednesday 2nd December, Sahyadri Friends Group is offering free online Yoga sessions on Monday 7.00-8.00pm and Wednesday 10.00-10.45am. The registration link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP-w3ZqTv2gF89mjoEk9wvGQmLzTab03YbaBwNZ2v7xIPHMw/viewform?usp=sf_link Or Message Chaitrali 07466470553.

*Valley House is arranging a Big Festive Share (#BigFestiveShare). Working with other charities, Valley House hopes to launch a social media campaign, where they ask for follows, likes and shares on social media platforms. The aim is to increase social media presence and raise awareness of different organisations and charities. To take part, email [email protected]

*Newsletters have also been issued by Cook and Eat Well, UNA Coventry Branch and Coventry City of Peace.

For your information/action:

*Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a new safeguarding website www.actearly.uk to encourage family and friends to share concerns, that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.

*Coventry University is providing free social science research training and qualifications for people in the West Midlands. For more information and to sign, please visit: https://fablabcov.coventry.ac.uk/learn-with-us/accredited-courses/lv2-citizen-social-science/

*Free Job Support Skills sessions will take place every Monday 1.00pm - 3.00pm from 11th January at the Cheylesmore Community Centre. For more info: 07510917517 or [email protected]

*Wriggle Dance Theatre has created an outdoor show, Dancing Jukebox Gems, aimed at older adults who are potentially isolated and/or vulnerable. The performance is free of charge and can be done on driveways, gardens or
any other private/public outdoor spaces and will take place in February and March 2021.
Anyone with ideas about possible locations is advised to contact Kath Kimber-McTiffen through email [email protected] or ring her on 0785 4143163.

Did you know?

14th December is National Energy Conservation Day.
18th December is International Migrants Day (to raise awareness about protection for migrants and refugees)

Good News

Manjit Rehal, Senior Outreach Practitioner at CRASAC (Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), has been named as one of Coventry’s Heroes.


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