Light My Path by Faith Goble, under a Creative Commons licence
National Poetry Day is only a week away, and here at the virtual SPL, we are getting very excited and making many preparations. In addition to all the free resources we have created for you to download, we are sharing events and celebrations that people across Scotland are planning. From Moray Libraries’ event on ‘Light and the Winter Blues’ to Ken MacLeod’s discussion of Iain Banks’s poetry at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock, there are many ingenious ways of bringing the light of poetry into your life.
It’s good to share so if you have something planned, drop Amy and Georgi a line at email@example.com. If you’ve not planned what you’re doing to mark National Poetry Day (or even if you have but can squeeze in one more activity), why not get involved with First Line Films?
Since the modernists, poets and filmmakers have explored the parallels and potentials of interweaving poetry and film. Margaret Tait was perhaps more famous as a filmmaker than a poet. Yet for her, the act of filmmaking was analogous to her process as a poet, both being explorations of both her aesthetics and her attempts to articulate the inarticulate.
However, First Line Films has much more modest ambitions and aesthetics! Whether you are the next David Lynch, a community group with a smart phone or a class with twenty minutes to spare, you can get involved in our new filmmaking project. We’re inviting you to make short films as trailers for any of the eight LIGHT themed National Poetry Day poems*.
Because the films are trailers, we don’t want you to give the whole poem away so please include no more of the poem than the first line. By short, we mean a maximum of 25 seconds. We’re flexible about which format you choose to film on – smart phones, iPads or other recording equipment are all fine with us. We’re quite taken with Vines but we’re also open to other movie apps.
NPD films are already flooding in! Check out this Vine made by UWS Library
St John’s College School have made some First Line Films and shared them on Twitter at @SJCS_Cambridge.
Feeling inspired to create your own? Get out there while the light is good, or wait till it’s dark if that suits you better. Then send your finished film to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it’s a Vine or you have already uploaded it to YouTube or social media, please send us a link to the film and make sure you have tagged it with #1stlinefilms. We’ll share the best via our social media channels.
*The poems and first lines are:
‘The Dark’ by Carol Ann Duffy
‘If you think of the dark’
‘Night Monkey, Day Monkey’ by Julia Donaldson
‘The moon shone down on the jungle’
‘My Shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
‘I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,’
‘Pstryk’ by Julian Tuwim
‘Sterczy w ścianie taki prstyczek’ or in Scots translation by David Malcolm ‘In the wa there sits a braw wee switch’
‘Light’ by Margaret Tait, ‘Did you say it’s made of waves?’
‘Dòchas’ by Maoilios Caimbeul,
‘Dòchas’ or ‘Hope’
‘In the dark’ by Robin Fulton Macpherson
‘God said: Let the dark be dark.’
‘The Blue Boat’ by Kathleen Jamie
‘How late the daylight edges’