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26th Nov, 2021

New short film about poets from Bromsgrove is set for its big launch

A NEW short film about famous poets from Bromsgrove will be launched on Monday, July 26.

It has been created by Bromsgrove-based Syrian film maker Maz Salmou whose reputation is growing in the area.

The script has been provided by Kate Shaw for the film which features the work of four poets.

AE Housman, the renowned author of A Shropshire Lad, whose statue looks down the High Street.

Geoffrey Hill, born in 1932, went to Bromsgrove County High School and became Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

Molly Holden who came to Bromsgrove in the 1950s and whose poetry was popular in the 1960s and 70s.

Sally Purcell who also went to the County High School. She was a serious poet who established a strong reputation in Oxford before she died at an early age in 1998.

The film was initiated by Stewart Sanderson, Arts Officer for Bromsgrove and Redditch Council.

He was helped by Margaret Evans representing Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees (BRWR) and Kate from WORDS.

The film was sponsored by Bromsgrove District Council, WORDS, The Housman Society, The Bromsgrove Arts Association and The Bromsgrove Society as well as individual donations.

The launch takes place for invited guests at 7.30pm on Monday.

There will be a follow up film of current young poets on the theme of Bromsgrove.

Margaret Evans said: “This is an excellent film showcasing local talent and celebrating Bromsgrove and its poetic heritage.

“Please contact us if you feel you can contribute to the second film in the series – poems from our up-and-coming young poets.”

Maz Salmou added: “I am very happy I was part of this project as it is part of the history of Bromsgrove.

“I tried to use the experience and skills that I learnt in Syria (where I used to be a TV reporter) to serve Bromsgrove and its locals because they mean a lot to me.

“I’m so excited for launch day to hear the audience’s feedback.”

The film will be available to watch on Facebook and YouTube after Monday’s launch.

For more information, contact Margaret Evans on margaret.evans@brwr.uk

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