We Speak Poetry – Youtube Series

In association with Coventry Alive and Positive Images Festival, I am launching a brand-new YouTube series with the aim of shining a spotlight on quality poetry from a variety of cultures and languages. A second intention is to bring non-English-language poetry to an English-speaking audience.

I am looking for volunteers to record themselves (or a friend/relative) reading a poem that they have written. I want to promote translations and would be especially interested in finding readers/poets who could share their work in both English and another language – this way people who don’t speak the other language can hear the musicality of the poem in its original form and also hear the English version so that they have an understanding of it too. Videos should also include a brief introduction to the poet and the poem. 

Poets writing in English are equally welcome to submit their videos to this project as long as they fit in with the aim of creating an online collection of poetry from as many different countries/cultures as possible - a sort of global poetry tour!

Why should I take part?

I haven’t previously come across a YouTube series that focuses completely on poems from other cultures and languages. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your poetry heard and to be part of a series that becomes known for sharing high quality poetry.
Please note, you do not have to be a professional poet to participate in this, you just need a love of words and a willingness to share what you have written. 

The technical stuff:

Video should ideally be around five minutes long (however, there is definitely flexibility here). You will need to record the video yourself using a camera/phone etc… 
Videos must be filmed in landscape and files will need to be sent via WhatsApp, We Transfer (or equivalent) or email. 

If you are interested in taking part or for more information, please email Emilie: [email protected]

#WeSpeakPoetry is here!

Our first poet is Karima Brooke who brings you two beautiful poems in Spanish and English. A new poetry video will go out each Friday and you will be introduced to people and words from across the globe.
Click below to watch this

Here is the second poem

Here is second instalment of the #WeSpeakPoetry series, Maria Cohut is a very talented Romanian poet. I hope you enjoy it!


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