In association with Coventry Alive and Positive Images Festival, Emilie has launched 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.
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!
Here is the third poem
It's a little different to the others because the poet, Matloob Bokhari, does not have a smart phone or access to a recording device but he very much wanted to be part of the project. He therefore asked me to read his poem. English is not his first language but he enjoys writing in it.
Here is the fourth poem
The poet is David Copson, a Coventry poet and creative writing tutor whose family is from Cuba. He is fluent in Spanish and although this poem is performed in English, you will see another video from David in a future episode that contains a Spanish poem.
Here is the fifth poem
This week's poem comes all the way from Kampala, Uganda. Oscar Munir is very active in several online poetry groups and publishes a daily poem.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/NlbaSx6JNqs
Here is the sixth poem
Daniel Kay (author of View From a Wheelchair) join the line-up of poets. As well as writing the poem, Daniel composed the music and his sister Lisa took the photographs. The poem is read by his mum Angie. His video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq7YvBbsr9c&t=9s