Category Archives: Commissions

New Play For Birmingham On Eve Of Commonwealth Games

A new play, “Coming To Birmingham: Making Of A Modern City”, is to be performed at the National Trust’s Back-to-Backs in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. The play celebrates Birmingham’s diversity and inclusivity. The play, written by local poet and playwright Ian Henery, deals with two families from the […]

Walsall Poet & Playwright With New Play For Commonwealth Games

A poet and playwright from Walsall is to feature in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham  with a play that premiered last month during the Walsall Festival of Words. Ian Henery (pictured performing  at the Black Country Festival  with actors Chi Lam, Angela Huang, Cindy Millman and Kim Lam) will feature at the National Trust`s […]

Local Poet Commissioned For Wreath Of Remembrance Of Hope & Healing

A local poet, who performs with collective Poets Against Racism, has been commissioned to write a poem for the inaugural ceremony of the SuCoTeTo Wreath of Remembrance, Hope & Healing on Sunday 24th July.   Ian Henery. who has performed with Poets Against Racism 3 times at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, including in the Arena Theatre, has […]

Hope Radio Community Garden

Ian has been appointed Poet In Residence at Hope Radio which broadcasts on 87.9 FM and online at https://e-voice.org.uk/hoperadio/. He has also been commissioned to write two poems for the community garden which will be unveiled in Birmingham. The poems he has written are Sowing The Seeds of Hope, which is a rondeau and The […]

Van Gogh Inspired Poetry Set to Music

Inspired by van Gogha’s drawing Sorrow, 1882 Ian wrote a series of three poems; his triptych portrays the strained love story between van Gogh and his muse. In this drawing, shown left, van Gogh depicts Sien (Clasina Maria Hoornik). Ian’s first poem I Miss You is written from Sien’s point of view, while the second poem […]

In The Arena by Ian Henery

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, […]

From solicitor to the stage in Southside

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 […]

Feature on Hope Radio 87.9FM

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, […]