"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Friday, 13 January 2012
Smile for London - poetry on the tube
For those who live in London [or who will be in London in the next two weeks], Smile for London goes live on Monday! This is a film of twenty second animated poems aimed to cheer up commuters, and will be on display across 60 digital screens on the London Underground every morning (7am-10am) and evening (4pm -7pm) rush hour for two weeks from 16th January 2012. Stations include: Angel, Camden Town, Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Charing Cross, Covent Garden, Knightsbridge, Paddington, Euston, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria and Waterloo. My poem, about Oxford Circus, has been animated by Sonia Hensler. The launch for this was on Wednesday, where all of the poets and artists got to see the film - and it's looking fab. You can view a sample video over here.
[For non-Londoners, the organisers are contemplating the idea of a DVD of the films, otherwise I'm sure that they will be uploaded online after the screenings.] xx
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. Her new book, 'The Bookshop Book' is forthcoming autumn 2014.