The Book of Hours is a calendar of poetry films. There is a poetry film for now and for different times of day, for every month of the year.
The Book of Hours is a contemporary re-imagining of a Medieval book of hours. These were collections of exquisitely hand-illustrated religious readings and accompanying images. They were created in a handy size so they could be carried by the owner and read on a daily basis. They can also be seen as interactive texts as these books were not intended to be read chronologically. This Book of Hours is secular but the general mood is contemplative and reflective.
All the films have been made in collaboration between Lucy English, a UK based spoken word poet, and an international community of film makers. This project was created for Lucy's PhD in digital writing at Bath Spa University. The critical paper 'Finding a model for spoken word in poetry films, can be found here.
is a spoken word poet and novelist.
Lucy has toured widely in the UK and the US. With the South West Collective she co-wrote Flash, a multi media spoken word show, which toured the UK in 2010-11 and also Count Me In, which toured from 2014-5. Both tours were sponsored by the Arts Council.
She has run performances and workshops for the British Council in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan for their Animating Literature Programme.
Lucy is the co-organiser of the Mix Digital conferences at Bath Spa University and the co-organiser of Liberated Words, which curates, screens and creates poetry films. She is co-director of Lyra, The Bristol Poetry Festival.
Lucy English is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and has a PhD on spoken word in poetry film. If you are interested in collaborating with Lucy for future projects please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org