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Poetry Unlimited

Sun
07th September 2014 14:00
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
Poet in the City presented an event taking language to new limits.

The Body Electric - Exploring Poetry and Sign


In the first of this two-part event, were words taken off the page and performed live in BSL.  Celebrated deaf actors Jean St Clair and Adam Bassett, with TV presenter Ashley Kendall, brought fresh and surprising new light to classic poems, from Robert Frost to Shakespeare to Rabindranath Tagore. After our successful Poetry and Sign event earlier this year, we were delighted to be back in BSL!

Looking in detail at the act of translating poetry, at fascinating new developments in Visual Vernacular and at what happens when poems are brought to the physical front line, this event will celebrate the universal power of poetry, through the universal tool of the body.

Adam Bassett is an actor and comedian who's recent credits include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost (Deafinitely Theatre 2014, 2012) both at Shakespeare's Globe.

Jean St Clair is an actress, BSL consultant and BSL Creative Director. She has worked nationally and internationally as a performer on stage and television. Jean received the Best Actress award at Festival Clin d’Oeil 2013 for her role in Still Here.

Ashley Kendall is a presenter for Magic Hands at the BBC. He is also a TV Researcher and presenter at Remark! and is on the Board of Trustee at British Deaf Association.

Otherwise Unchanged - A new performance by Owen Lowery


In the second part of this event, The South Bank Centre presented a specially commissioned performance of Otherwise Unchanged. Owen Lowery explored his experience of hospitalisation and disability following a spinal injury and celebrates many of his interests, including art, music, literature, military history, and football.

Owen Lowery is a critically acclaimed poet. Formerly a British Judo champion, he suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic. He has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Bolton University, where he is completing his PhD. His poetry has appeared in Stand and PN Review, and has been listed in the Bridport Prize, the Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the Virginia Warbey Prize, and the International Sonnet Competition.
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