It was a surreal experience to see my poetry film ‘Ebb’ projected onto the wall of the old farmhouse which is now the Richard Jefferies Museum, but this was the Poetry Swindon Festival, where fun things happen and the unexpected is always round the corner.
It all started a couple of years ago when I attended a poetry film workshop run by Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbury of Elephant’s Footprint. As a result I produced two short poetry films – ‘I am the Sea’ and ‘Ebb’. Both were shown at the 2016 Poetry Swindon Festival. For this year’s festival Helen and Chaucer decided to experiment by projecting some poetry films on the external wall of the Museum which is the venue for the festival. The intention was to provide an atmospheric backdrop during the hours of dusk and darkness when poets and audience mingle in the garden in between readings.
It proved to be an inspired idea, adding an unusual and enjoyable dimension to the festival. And, in addition, it has spurred me on to create another poetry film.
Iris Anne Lewis