On 4th August 2012 Writing West Midlands in partnership with mac and IdeasTap mounted the 1st ever Future Poets’ Festival. Funded by Clore Duffield Foundation, a group of young people aged 16-19ys from the West Midlands worked together over 5 months to create, design and produce the Future Poets’ Festival from scratch. Lead artist and published poet; Kim Trusty along with Independent Producer Amy Martin supported the process along with professional poets and industry experts. The group explored poetry in its broadest sense and the free festival including a programme of workshops, exhibitions, installations, screenings, games, an open mic and performances from some of the best performance poets in the UK. Including; PolarBear, John Berkavitch, Jodi Ann Bickley, Al Hutchins, Musa Okwonga, Bohdan Piasecki and Kim Trusty. We received some fantastic feedback at the event, for a summary please check the Storify - http://storify.com/amyrozelmartin/future-poets-festival
Future Poets’ Festival was on Saturday 4th August 2012 at mac and was completely FREE.
“Amy Martin has worked closely with Writing West Midlands over recent years, particularly on our very successful Future Poets’ Festival. She is an effective project manager with a real gift for working with young people, often those who are least inclined to engage with cultural activities. She is also adept at working with partner organisations, helping to secure additional support and to create the ‘critical mass’ of support and enthusiasm necessary for a successful project. Despite working to tight deadlines and with limited budgets, she keeps a cool head and produces events and activities with real flair.”
Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive, Writing West Midlands