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What is a Filmpoem?: Alastair Cook and Kate Sweeney

Date/Time: 19 October 2017 19:15

Venue: Culture Lab, Newcastle University

The combination of film and poetry is an attractive one. For the poet, perhaps a hope that the filmmaker will bring something to the poem: a new audience, a visual attraction, the laying of way markers; for the filmmaker, a fixed parameter to respond to, the power of a text sparking the imagination with visual connections and metaphor.

This event explores the genre in depth with two of its best-known practitioners, Kate Sweeney and Alastair Cook, in discussion with Newcastle University academics and poets Linda Anderson and Sean O’Brien, plus film screenings.

Alastair Cook works with video and photography to explore communities undergoing significant transformation. He is the founder of Filmpoem, a moving image project committed to delivering education and community projects as well as promoting the work of poets, filmmakers and composers. Filmpoem regularly collaborates with organisations such as the Poetry Society, Poetry International and Southbank.

Kate Sweeney is a visual artist and videomaker who uses animation and drawing in her work and often works collaboratively with poets, writers and musicians. Kate has exhibited at Sydney International Film Festival, Zebra Film Festival in Berlin, Manchester Animation Festival, and the International Poetry Festival in London. She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at Newcastle University. 


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