Sonnets for Shakespeare

Ian and Lucy discuss Sonnets for Shakespeare on Hope Radio 87.9 FM, Birmingham

 

On Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 8.00pm (BST) please tune in to the Ian Henery Show on Hope Radio (87.9FM or online by clicking here) for a wonderful chat between Ian and Lucy, the co-founders of Sonnets for Shakespeare. We will also be discussing sister project The Rainbow Poems, the online poetry community for anyone going through life change or uncertainty. We will be reading pieces from both projects and playing some delightfully varied music choices. You may be surprised!

Based in South Birmingham, UK, Hope Radio is not-for-profit that provides FM radio programs for the over 50s who do not have or do not desire to have access to the internet, to share experiences, to send messages to friends and family, to show their support for essential workers, to feel that they are not alone.

The poem and the spoken word are vital to the ethos of Hope Radio. On their website are lovely recordings of poets based in and around the UK’s second city and the Midlands region, a vibrant place for culture and the arts. What a great initiative!

 

“We are delighted to be working with Hope Radio, especially with our shared belief in diversity. The Rainbow Poems and Hope FM both welcome contributions from every race, nationality, class, gender identification, sexual orientation. All voices matter and are appreciated.”

– Lucy, founder of the Rainbow Poems

 

Extract taken from Sonnets for Shakespeare / News

 


Sonnets for Shakespeare is an anthology of poems, writing and art to celebrate Shakespeare and raise funds for two organisations doing vital work to support his legacy: the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Both have been hard hit by the Covid-19 lockdown. Without the support of the public, neither may survive to ensure future generations enjoy Shakespeare in the same way that we have during our lifetimes.

Unimaginable? In these extraordinary times, sadly not. Please join us as we develop this tribute to the Bard, his works, history, characters, places, themes… The possibilities are endless.

www.sonnetsforshakespeare.co.uk

The Rainbow Poems

The Rainbow Poems chats with Hope Radio 87.9 FM in Birmingham

 

On Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 8.00pm (BST) please tune in to the Ian Henery Show on Hope Radio (87.9FM or online by clicking here) for a wonderful interview with Lucy, founder of The Rainbow Poems.

Based in South Birmingham, UK, Hope Radio is not-for-profit that provides FM radio programs for the over 50s who do not have or do not desire to have access to the internet, to share experiences, to send messages to friends and family, to show their support for essential workers, to feel that they are not alone.

The poem and the spoken word are vital to the ethos of Hope Radio. On their website are lovely recordings of poets based in and around the UK’s second city and the Midlands region, a vibrant place for culture and the arts. What a great initiative!

 

“We are delighted to be working with Hope Radio, especially with our shared belief in diversity. The Rainbow Poems and Hope FM both welcome contributions from every race, nationality, class, gender identification, sexual orientation. All voices matter and are appreciated.”

– Lucy, founder of The Rainbow Poems

 

Extract taken from The Rainbow Poems / News. 

 


To learn more about The Rainbow Poems and to see what they have been up to, click here.

Follow them on Twitter @Rainbow_Poems and Facebook @RainbowPoemsUK

 

Feature on Hope Radio 87.9FM

 

Thank you David Moore for the film work and feature on Hope Radio 87.9FM.

Click here to view the recording of Ian.

 

Birmingham Poem (COVID-19)

If the pandemic begins to worsen
Keep it together but 6 feet apart;
Social distancing – length of a tall person,
Communication by voice, eyes and heart.

We need poetry now more than ever,
It’s limited social interaction;
Social distancing – let’s stay together
On digital platforms, an attraction.

Our hands are cracked, we’ve used up all the soap,
A virus savages us without pity;
Social distancing – poetry is hope
And we need that in Birmingham city.

Poems for Walsall For All

Taken from Walsall for All click here to view

In times of challenge, art, in all its many forms, often helps to clarify our feelings and provide hope. We asked former Mayor of Walsall’s Poet Laureate, Ian Henery, to write a series of poems on the theme of social distancing.

Ian has since shared these poems on a global platform called Speak Your Peace, a five week global expressive arts series based entirely online and hosted by iLikeZach in New York in partnership with the Stafford Space Station.

Today, as we begin the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, social distancing is as important as ever. We would like to thank Ian for his moving contributions.

If you’d like to find out more about Ian and his work then please visit his website.

 

 

Stay Alert, Control The Virus & Save Lives (Rondeau)

Six feet apart and wash your hands

A virus sweeps across our land.

Stay alert, save lives, wear a mask;

Control the virus, all we ask

This our credo and our command.

We can beat this but not in bands

On sea-side shores, on sunny sands

Removed from where day-trippers basked

Six feet apart.

COVID-19 we can withstand:

Stay alert, save lives, understand?

Controlling the virus, our task,

Released from its demonic cask

And – together- we’ll make a stand

Six feet apart.

 

The Language of Social Distancing – COVID-19 (Sonnet)

Six feet apart and not six feet under,

Grieving families with hands on window panes

Quarantined, masked grandchildren in the rain.

Coronavirus has torn asunder,

Waves with the rush of tsunami thunder

Engulfing constellations of sorrow;

The curl of surf, trembling foam of woe –

Pandemic, the news-drunk virus plundered.

Unite! Come together – but stay apart,

Social distancing – wash hands and wear masks,

It’s the language of love, it’s all we ask

As the coronavirus scales ramparts.

Communicate by voice, eyes and heart,

Life can’t be measured by inches and feet

But love and respect, kind deeds, words so sweet

Let’s begin again and our lives restart.

 

I Love You – From 15 Million Miles & 6 Feet Away (Villanelle)

My love is in social isolation,

Six feet apart, masked, gloved hands, forced to hide

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

Virtual hugs are no consolation,

Our gloved hands reach outside, never inside;

My love is in social isolation.

A galaxy away, aberration:

Screen time, blue light of phone, tears that have cried,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

Language of love is in devastation:

Two worlds and computer screens, love denied,

My love is in social isolation.

Gloved hands hold love, viral incubation,

Daily statistics of those who have died,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

The stars go out in our constellation,

Love cannot cross over the great divide:

My love is in social isolation,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

 

Walsall Poem (COVID-19)

If the pandemic begins to worsen

Keep it together – but six feet apart;

Social distancing – length of a tall person,

Communication by eyes, voice and heart.

We need poetry now more than ever,

It’s limited social interaction;

Social distancing – let’s stay together

On digital platforms, an attraction.

Our hands are cracked, we’ve used up all the soap

Walsall behind bars, quarantine, lockdown;

Social distancing – poetry is hope

We need lots of that in our Walsall town.

Former Walsall Poet Laureate on social distancing

A former Poet Laureate from Walsall has been commissioned to write a series of poems for Walsall for All about social distancing and COVID-19.

Ian Henery was appointed Walsall’s first-ever Mayor of Walsall’s Poet Laureate by Councillor Garry Perry on National Poetry Day in 2011 and served under Councillors Dennis Anson and Mohammad Nazir until 2014.

Ian is the author of 5 collections of poetry, all of which have sold out, a playwright under commission with a trilogy for  China West Midlands 2020 and a workshop facilitator.  He performs on stage with the poetry collective Poets Against Racism and last year performed around the region at 5 music and arts festivals.

“These poems were written at a time when Ramadan was under way” explained Ian “and set to be observed by millions of Muslim people.  The coronavirus pandemic greatly affected the rituals which were modified to fit physical distancing measures in place all over the globe.  I was greatly  inspired by what Muslim people were doing at this difficult time.”

Matt Hancock praised the Muslim community for making changes in how they marked Ramadan during the lockdown.

“The world needs to come together to keep safe” said Ian “but, ironically, coming together means staying apart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by social distancing.  In a time of limited social interaction we can see the power of words.  It’s a difficult time for everyone and we need poetry more than ever quite simply to bring people together – but six feet apart and not six feet under”.

Ian shared these poems on a global platform called Speak Your Peace.  It was a 5 week global expressive arts series based entirely online.  The event was hosted by iLikeZach in New York in partnership with the Stafford Space Station.

“For 1 hour each week expressive individuals were invited to join a Zoom session online curated by Zach to share their poems, art and music” said Ian.  “The core purpose was simple – to demonstrate that amidst the fear, uncertainty and separation that we are all currently processing – the human capacity to express experience through art forms will always prevail over the limits of our circumstance.”

Ian was joined by the Staffordshire Poet Laureate and the former Worcestershire Poet Laureate.  The poems for Walsall for All were well received.  Ian also read the poems at other virtual open mic performances in Birmingham, the Black Country and Brighton.   Hope Radio, which broadcasts on 87.9FM, wants to do a feature on these poems for Walsall for All and the general relaxing of lockdown routines in Walsall.

The vision of Walsall for All is to create an integrated and inclusive community where people from all backgrounds come together and celebrate what they have in common.

 

The Language of Social Distancing – COVID-19 (Sonnet)

Six feet apart and not six feet under,

Grieving families with hands on window panes

Quarantined, masked grandchildren in the rain.

Coronavirus has torn asunder,

Waves with the rush of tsunami thunder

Engulfing constellations of sorrow;

The curl of surf, trembling foam of woe –

Pandemic, the news-drunk virus plundered.

Unite! Come together – but stay apart,

Social distancing – wash hands and wear masks,

It’s the language of love, it’s all we ask

As the coronavirus scales ramparts.

Communicate by voice, eyes and heart,

Life can’t be measured by inches and feet

But love and respect, kind deeds, words so sweet

Let’s begin again and our lives restart.

 

I Love You – From 15 Million Miles & 6 Feet Away (Villanelle)

My love is in social isolation,

Six feet apart, masked, gloved hands, forced to hide

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

Virtual hugs are no consolation,

Our gloved hands reach outside, never inside;

My love is in social isolation.

A galaxy away, aberration:

Screen time, blue light of phone, tears that have cried,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

Language of love is in devastation:

Two worlds and computer screens, love denied,

My love is in social isolation.

Gloved hands hold love, viral incubation,

Daily statistics of those who have died,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

The stars go out in our constellation,

Love cannot cross over the great divide:

My love is in social isolation,

COVID-19’s viral decimation.

 

Walsall Poem (COVID-19)

If the pandemic begins to worsen

Keep it together – but six feet apart;

Social distancing – length of a tall person,

Communication by eyes, voice and heart.

We need poetry now more than ever,

It’s limited social interaction;

Social distancing – let’s stay together

On digital platforms, an attraction.

Our hands are cracked, we’ve used up all the soap

Walsall behind bars, quarantine, lockdown;

Social distancing – poetry is hope

We need lots of that in our Walsall town.

– Poems By Ian Henery.

UNESCO World Poetry Day, Mother’s Day & Coronavirus

As seen on The Best of Birmingham.

The coronavirus has sunk its fangs into the UK’s skin and Boris Johnson has ordered thousands of pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms, theatres and cinemas to close.  This is a historic moment and the day the UK changed forever.

Millions have heeded the Prime Minister’s advice to do their bit to halt the wretched pandemic.

Of course, there are consequences.  There is never a good time for a pernicious pathogen to strike with the speed of a cobra and inject its poison into our lifeblood, but it just so happened to be on World Poetry Day and Mothering Sunday Weekend.

These dates in the diary may seem small consideration compared to the way we behave during this epidemic that will decide the fate of millions.  The Prime Minister has told the nation to stay home alone to save lives as it is believed that more than 150,000 people are already infected. This comes at the same time that the Prime Minister has issued a grave warning that people should “stay away” from their mothers on Mothering Sunday because visiting them could kill them:

“The single best present that we can give is to spare them the risk of catching a dangerous disease” he said.

There have been ample warnings about the looming threat to the NHS and the need for everyone to engage in social distancing.  We can all see the clouds and we all know there is a storm coming as we have seen in Italy where reporters claim that all you hear are sirens and church bells tolling for the dead.

The coronavirus is not just a health calamity but economic annihilation for businesses across the UK who are collapsing as income plummets.  Thousands of jobs across this region have already been lost and more are on the abyss.

Self-employed creatives like musicians, spoken word artists, and those otherwise engaged in the performing arts, are without an income.  The Prime Minister has said the tide could turn within 3 months but that sounds widely optimistic.  There are reports that social distancing may last a year.  Our whole way of life is in peril.

What about our mothers?  We have all heard the stories of selfish shoppers stripping supermarket shelves of essential items leaving NHS workers and the elderly vulnerable.

Last month’s button badge of “Be Kind” has been replaced by “I’m All Right Jack”.

Italy is in Hell and will this be our region’s fate within weeks?  Our mothers need us more than ever but tens of thousands of them are in self isolation with no happy gatherings, with flowers, no clan reunions with hugs and kisses all around, and no Mothering Sunday lunches in pub or restaurants.  All is cancelled except the love we feel for the woman we all depended upon when we were small.

A mother’s love is unconditional and however old we are – wherever we roam – it is inextinguishable.  Our mothers are the ones who are always our rock, but our elderly mothers are now the vulnerable ones because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Across this region are images of empty streets; boarded up pubs and restaurants; empty cinemas and theatres.  Facebook is awash with messages to stay home, self-isolate and be strong. There are messages to our front-line NHS workers in the battle after working long, emotional shifts and righteous indignation over selfish shoppers who strip supermarket shelves.

There are countless anecdotes on social media about empty food banks and the hoarding of toilet rolls and sanitary pads.

The bite of the coronavirus has given us a shocking taste of our own mortality as its poison seeps into our consciousness and we fear for the lives of our families and elderly relatives.

On Mother’s Day we feel the absence of our own mothers and we all feel the pain of separation.

For some of us, our mothers are no longer upon this earth and we remember the days before we even knew that dreaded word “coronavirus”. Ironically UNESCO’s World Poetry Day fell one day short of Mother’s Day.  In self isolation thousands sent their mothers messages not only that they loved them but also why.  Creatives in the music, performing arts or spoken word industries also celebrated World Poetry Day in virtual reality theatres, clubs, and performance venues.

One should never underestimate the resilience of the human spirit.  Poetry is part of our species’ DNA and affirms our common humanity. We all share the same feelings and needs everywhere in the world.  Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and has been with us since time began communicating the innermost values of diverse cultures.

Poetry captures the creative spirit of the human mind. It also encourages a return to the oral tradition of spoken word, to restore the connection between poetry and other performing arts such as theatre, music and art and support small publishers.  The Wold Poetry Day also creates an attractive portrayal of poetry in the media so our communities can asset their identity.

Former Walsall Poet Laureate Ian Henery launched his second collection of poetry, Black Country Blues, 5 years ago at Walsall Central Library and the New Art Gallery in Walsall with Walsall Poetry Society, the Mayor & Mayoress of Walsall and Walsall Writers Circle.  All proceeds from the book went to cancer care charities.  Artwork on the book was by Kristina V Griffiths and Steve Toulouse and publication was by Thynks Publications.

On Mother’s Day here is a poem for mothers everywhere:

My Mother’s Lullaby

My childhood years so far away,

Lost in time, spent in happy play

Now seem like a mythology

When my mother once sang to me.

To a child, there is much to fear

But brave if my mother was near:

These times come back in memory

When my mother once sang to me.

Lullabies soothed, I came to know

A mother’s love, so long ago,

Tender loving care on her knee

When my mother once sang to me.

Another age – time has passed by,

Days one forever, this I sigh

Now found only in reverie

When my mother once sang to me.

The coronavirus pandemic challenges us about what it means to be human.  We can no longer shake hands or hug in greeting. We are expected to observe social isolation for at least a year.

However, across social media there is a wave of altruism and compassion as human beings look for ways to support others in social isolation, hardship, and distress.

“Now more than at any time in our history we will be judged by our capacity for compassion” said Chancellor Rishi Sunak.  “When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back on this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness, done by us, and to us.”

Let’s not forget poetry and our mothers.

Written by Ian Henery and edited by his daughter, Laura.

From solicitor to the stage in Southside

Ian Henery with his wife Irene Yoong-Henery, and Chair of Southside, and the Chinese Community Association, Managing Director of Chung Ying, James Wong

 

By day, Ian Henery operates two eponymously named legal firms in the area and is a prominent figure in the district. But outside of working hours, Ian’s passion lies in poetry and play-writing, and it’s the latter that has earnt him a place on Southside’s famous Hippodrome stage.

Ian has recently received a grant from Arts Council England to develop a trilogy of plays cataloguing Chinese family life and sacrifice during significant periods throughout history, beginning with the stories of Chinese Labour Corps in the first World War. The plays will continue into the 1940s, with the final iterance being set in contemporary Britain.

It’s not just the Arts Council backing Ian’s anthology of performances, West Midlands mayor Andy Street has spoken of his support for the project, and the importance of bridging gaps between different communities – something that is very close to Ian’s heart.

As well as his businesses being based in the heart of Chinatown, half of Ian’s family is Chinese with one of his daughters being born in China, giving him a deeper insight in both British and Chinese cultures.

Commenting on the grant, Ian said: “We premiered the first play to 100 invited guests recently and it was fantastically received, but we didn’t have a grant to take it any further – getting funding has always been an issue.

“With the backing of Andy Street, we applied for a grant from Arts Council England. We had to endure a nerve-wracking period of filling out forms and waiting for the result, but when the news came in that we had been successful, I was buzzing!”

Ian is now in the process of making his dreams a reality as he converts his manuscripts into Hippodrome-ready performances.


To keep up to date with the progress of the debut play, keep checking www.enjoysouthside.co.uk where all updates and ticket details will be shared.

‘In The Arena’ by Ian Henery

Extract taken from Overhear Poetry.

In this week’s blog post we celebrate community and creativity with poets Ian Henery and Leanne Cooper as they tell us about their work for The Arena Theatre and Newhampton Arts Centre. Not only that but, in the spirit of collaboration, we are also joined by Sam Fleming, Education and Outreach Manager at The Arena, who gives us a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be part of a venue working with an Overhear poet. We begin, sat with Sam and Ian around a table in the café of The Arena Theatre…

‘I applied for the position of Wolverhampton’s first ever poet laureate,’ Ian tells us, ‘and while I wasn’t successful (congratulations, Emma Purshouse) I did get shortlisted. Penelope Thomas – of Wolverhampton Literature Festival – got in touch and told me there was an opportunity to work with the Overhear project and I said what in God’s name is that?’ He laughs. ‘I’d never heard of the project before. So I had a Google and read about the excellent work Overhear had done with Birmingham Literature Festival and Verve and I was immediately intrigued. I replied to the email Penelope had sent and the rest, as they say, is history.’

‘I’ve done a lot of commission work in the past,’ he says, ‘I’ve done a lot of workshops, been a poet in residence; writing to a brief is something that’s very familiar to me. The guidance from Overhear was to work collaboratively, make contacts in your chosen venue and talk to them. Find out ways you can work with them to create a piece that’s useful to them as well as a creative output for you.’

Ian already had some connections with The Arena and the connected University of Wolverhampton, as he explains: ‘I was a student here, I was poetry editor for the student union publication, I was commissioned by the university for the 2012 commonwealth games and Neil Reading – Artistic Director for Arena – has seen some of my work. Last year, I was very grateful to The Arena for providing a venue for an event with an organisation I head up here in the Midlands called Poets Against Racism. We performed during the second day of Wolverhampton Literature Festival and it was absolutely rammed with people from all sectors of the community – which was brilliant.’

‘To do this project right, it seemed clear to me that I needed to visit The Arena, get in touch with the people who work here and have a conversation. I had a meeting with Sam, who is part of the outreach team at the theatre, had a chat with her about the work she does and her view of the place and that was when I started to get to the heart of what The Arena is.’

We asked Ian to elaborate.

‘In simple terms The Arena is a building,’ he says, ‘but it’s more than bricks and mortar. To say a bit more, The Arena is a former gymnasium which has become a multi-million pound state-of-the-art community hub that deals in all sorts of things,’ he holds up a printed brochure of the Arena’s Programme, ‘from films to theatre to dance to poetry – but it’s more than that too. For me, The Arena is a philosophy, an ethos, a way of doing things. It’s a set of values that Neil and Sam and the team all hold dear. It’s a mission statement, to provide a platform and an opportunity for the whole community here in Wolverhampton to have a chance to come together and celebrate the culture that is here.’

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Uniquely, we have the chance to ask Education and Outreach Manager Sam first-hand about how she would define the venue:

‘The Arena is really important to the community,’ she says. ‘We’re the community theatre of Wolverhampton, I think. We do a lot of great work with so many different groups – disabled communities, refugees, the local LGBT and BAME communities – as well as putting ourselves at the heart of the university. All of that is reflected really well in the poem Ian has written, I think.’

We ask her to tell us more about what her job at The Arena entails and the outreach work that the venue does.

‘Most of what I do is community engagement and schools engagement. I work quite a lot with primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and students at the university,’ Sam explains. ‘We’ve got quite a few local companies that come along as well. There’s a local artist group that meets up every second Tuesday, where people can present and get notes on scripts that they might have been sitting on for six weeks, six months or six years and a local poetry night run by Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists.’ Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger and Dave Pitt, who make up that collective also have Overhear poems pinned to venues in Wolverhampton, which you can read more about here. ‘Their night, PASTA (Poets And Storytellers Assemble), is for local writers to share their work and get some feedback too. It’s all about setting up those safe spaces for local artists and communities.’

Sam continues: ‘At the moment we’re doing quite a lot of work with the refugee and migrant centre. The centre itself is very well hidden for the obvious reasons of protecting people from hate crimes and such but we’re now on a touring map that marks us a safe place for those folks to come when they first come to Wolverhampton,’ she says. ‘We want people to see our theatre and café as somewhere safe that they can come to with their families and embed themselves into the culture. The Light House Cinema down the road are doing something very similar too – which is a real testament to the kind of community we are.’

Ian tells us what this community means to him: ‘I owe so much to Wolverhampton. I was conceived here, my first married home was here – and not very far away from my parents’ corner shop. When I was a student at the University of Wolverhampton, I used to look out of the window and think I haven’t travelled very far. I’m nothing more than a well-developed embryo.’ He laughs before continuing. ‘I was able to convert my (next to useless) philosophy degree into a law degree here; I met my wife here… Wolverhampton means a lot to me. I wanted to give something back through poetry – the only way I know how – and Overhear was a perfect way to do that. I’m very grateful and humbled that I’ve been able to contribute to the amazing work The Arena is doing.’

He goes on to tell us more about the poem itself.

‘To write the piece, I needed a frame into which I could place all these wonderful ideas we’ve been talking about,’ Ian says. ‘The form I chose was a rondeaux, which consists of fourteen lines across three stanzas with a repeating refrain. Probably the most famous rondeaux is the WWI poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae but the problem with it (if there can be a problem with it) is that it’s a bit of a dirge. If you go back to the rondeaux’s origins in the 15th Century, it should be a piece of celebration, a piece of joy. I wanted to reclaim that for Sam and for everyone else at The Arena.’

“The Arena host’s first class shows: Performing arts, seats row on row. Champion of community, A venue where theatre grows…”

‘I was the first person to see the finished piece, which was quite an honour.’ Sam tells us, ‘I’m really happy with it. I think it reflects what The Arena does and what we’re all about really well. I believe that first meeting we had, hearing each other’s opinions, was something that really helped. It was clear pretty quickly that we valued the same things – diversity, equality, accessibility, inclusion – and that we were both keen for that to come through in the final piece.’

Ian agrees, saying ‘I think it’s important, with all the challenges that face us now, to find good people to support, good people to collaborate with, good people to stand by. There’s a lot of negative spirituality going around and it’s important for us to come together with a common cause. If this new decade is going to be defined by damaging populist politicians, we need to form an equal and opposite force for good. Creative collaboration is vital.’

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To listen to the result of Ian’s creative collaboration with The Arena Theatre and Overhear, collect his poem from the venue from 25th January using the Overhear app, available to download here.

To find out more about The Arena and their work visit their website http://arena.wlv.ac.uk

Written by Kibriya Mehrban.

Rock The Beacon 2019

Rock The Beacon: Music and Food Festival 2019 featuring local poetry group Poets Against Racism

 

Rock The Beacon is a brand new festival for all the family. Following a very successful weekend in August 2019 they are now in the planning stages for its second year. The festival takes place on Barr Beacon on the outskirts of Walsall and North Birmingham in the West Midlands. It is supported and funded by private businesses, performing arts education establishments and local government departments ensuring that a quality community event like this is possible and available to the North Birmingham and Walsall area each year.

They have many festival partners, Robannas Studios, CUE Stage, WCR FM,  Birmingham Sound Hire and have the full support of Walsall Council and the Trustees of Barr Beacon. Poets Against Racism were happy to perform in the Acoustic Tent on both the Saturday and Sunday and look to offer their support again next year in 2o20 for Rock The Beacon’s second year!

Rock The Beacon was a fantastic weekend of live entertainment with TICKETS ON SALE VERY SOON for 2020.

 

For more information, please visit www.rockthebeacon.co.uk