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Tuesday 27th June, 2pm - 4pm
The third of three workshops exploring words as signs, images and patterns and offering an introduction to the techniques of concrete poetry and prose. If you'd like to see your name in crayon, join Round the Block in an event which requires no experience but an interest in colouring-in. Open to all ages.
Tuesday 27th June, 7.30pm
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Seventh Art Productions presents HEAVY WATER: A FILM FOR CHERNOBYL. Poet Mario Petrucci and Director David Bickerstaff visit the festival to show this stunning new film and answer questions from the audience.
Using works from Mario Petrucci's awardwinning book-length poem for Chernobyl, Heavy Water, the film tells the story of the explosion and its catastrophic aftermath.
Petrucci's poetry forms the backbone of the film's narrative. The poems - absolutely unflinching and painfully precise, yet compassionate - are cut together with revealing archive and evocative location footage of the ghost-town of Pripyat and the surrounding exclusion zone. The poems are read by actors Francine Brody, Juliet Stevenson, David Threlfall and Samuel West.
Heavy Water: a film for Chernobyl is a daring, innovative, and yet ultimately accessible exploration of how words and pictures can work together to relate history in an entirely new way.
"Heartfelt, ambitious and alive" Jackie Kay, The Daily Telegraph