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The small worlds of film-poems

'The Wire, The Wild', with words by Philip Gross, is one of four poem-films by Ian Cottage.

Others have words by Helen Ivory, Miriam Gamble and Robyn Bolam. Only a minute or so each, they’re well worth watching as a set – a world of thought and feeling in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Click here for  'The Wire, The Wild' by Philip Gross


Voices of the Earth is going online – Monday 3rd August

Voices of the Earth has been an annual art and poetry course, encouraging serious creative play and cross-fertilisation of art forms underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of life on Earth.

Like other centres and facilities, the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham can't be open for onsite events. But we are keeping the culture of the course, and of the place, alive by taking Voices of the Earth online.

Instead of a week-long residential, this year's Voice of the Earth was a richly interactive course spread flexibly over six weeks, using  Moodle site as the equivalent of Woodbrooke's lovely art room, with forums and “creative exchange rooms”, as well a regular Zoom meetings, offering a programme of ideas and activities for exploring our theme in much the way we do at Woodbrooke.

42 participants joined us this time - far more than possible on-site, did some extraordinary work and helped us learn a lot about online ways of working. Watch ot for future maniffestations of the cou - e, online and onsite, through  the Woodbrooke website: Woodbrooke: Voices of the Earth. In times of continuing caution and uncertainty, creative life goes on.

Tutors: Philip Gross is a poet, prose writer, and until recently, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Zélie Gross is a Quaker writer and editor, with a background in making and teaching of visual arts. For both, collaboration is a source of fresh work and delight.