Poetry and Film

02nd November 2009 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
This event brought together poets and film aficionados for an exploration of the fascinating connections between poetry and film, including a special account of the use of poetry in Indian cinema.

Some great films have been made about poets and their lives, and poets have often reflected on films and film-making in their work. Some poets are said to use the techniques of film, and some great movies are said to aspire to poetic status.
The event was hosted by John Mole, Poet in the City’s distinguished poet in residence and film aficionado.

Participating in this event were:
Terence Davies, one of England’s greatest film directors and screenwriters. His documentary Of Time and the City about his native Liverpool, which premiered at Cannes in 2008, features both song and poetry;

Philip French, recently crowned critic of the year at the British Press Awards, has spent almost five decades as the Observer’s film critic. He was editor of the much acclaimed Faber Book of Movie Verse (1993);

Nick Drake is a distinguished poet and movie script writer. His first poetry collection, The Man in the White Suit, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1999.
Kaleem Sheikh, who studied Indian Classical Music under tutelage of Ustad Sultan Khan, is an expert on Indian cinema and poetry. Amongst other things he worked with the late Ismael Merchant (of Merchant Ivory Films).

Jay Visva Deva, a creative arts consultant, is the chief executive of Sama Arts Network - one of the leading arts organisations in the UK. He has produced over fifteen hundred events in the UK, including many landmark Indian performing arts events.

Poetry readings were performed by actor Lucy Tregear.
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