Beginning to See the Light (2015/6)

A one off poetry and light extravaganza for National Poetry Day 2015!

Beginning to See the Light (2015/6)

From high noon to neon-lit midnight, from the hum of a strip light to the gleam of the moon, six spot-lit writers trace the course of light through the day in a series of newly commissioned poems. What's illuminated, what stays in the shadows: follow the poets as they bring the day's discoveries into the light.

A three part project ... we commissioned new pieces from Raymond Antrobus, Malika Booker, Holly Corfield Carr, Jane Draycott, Caleb Klaces and Richard Price, and director Tamar Saphra combined them with some classic light poems into a sell out show for NPD Live (8 October at Southbank Centre).

Then, we made a set of films of some of the poems with Corinne Silva for your online edification - view them to your right.

Finally, a pocket version of the show visited a couple of poetry festivals in 2016.

Beginning to See the Light is commissioned by Jaybird Live Literature and the Poetry Society, in association with Southbank Centre, and the whole lot is funded by Arts Council England. Thanks and a share of the limelight go to them.

Photos from Raymond Antrobus' Instagram, and by Hayley Madden courtesy of the Poetry Society.

About the Poets

The Southbank Centre Performance


Additional Screenings and Performances

Corinne's films were screened at London Transport Museum Friday Late session on Friday 12th February 2016.

Jane and Malika read their and others' poems, interspersed with Corinne Silva's films, at StAnza on Saturday 5th March - details here

All six of Corinne Silva's poem films were screened at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow as part of Museums at Night / Night House on Thursday 12th May - details here

Holly read hers and others' poems, interspersed with Corinne's films, at Poetry in Aldeburgh on Saturday 5th November. 5.30pm in the Peter Pears Gallery, details here

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