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Birmingham solicitor takes new poetry collection to San Francisco

A city centre solicitor-cum-poet has gained international recognition for his latest collection of work “Poems of Hope” which reflects life in pandemic Birmingham and beyond. Ian Henery, who manages a legal firm in Southside, was invited to perform his Brummie-inspired verses at poetry events in San Francisco and across the whole of the UK via […]

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Wolverhampton artist Jason Fullwood has got creative with Poems of Hope for this year`s Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Poems of Hope is the 5th collection of poems by Ian Henery and will be launched with Kates Hill Press at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Other book launches at the Festival with Kates Hill Press include new works […]

Walsall Poets Shine in Hope Radio`s Second Community Poem with Three Poet Laureates

The Kates Hill Press are launching Ian Henery`s 5th collection of poetry – Poems of Hope – at Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Saturday 13th February between 12 – 1pm in the Art Gallery. The book, born in the COVID-19 pandemic, seeks to give hope of better times ahead. And Kates Hill Press, based in Dudley, […]

Social distancing inspires Walsall lawyer to get creative with poetry

Solicitor and former Walsall poet laureate Ian Henery has been commissioned to pen Covid-19 related verses A Walsall solicitor has put his creative talents to use after being commissioned to pen poems about living in the Covid19 lock-down. Ian Henery, who has practices in Willenhall and Birmingham, wrote a series of poems around the theme […]

Students Perform At Special Event For China West Midlands

On Saturday 26th September students from the Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre performed a special limited-ticket only event at Blue Orange Theatre for China West Midlands. Attending were Chinese cultural organisations where strict social distancing was maintained. The play, The Chinese Labour Corps, was performed jointly with five professional Chinese actors and funded by way […]

Students Work Hard For Charity in Aid of China West Midlands!

Blue Orange Arts presents The Chinese Labour Corps (workshop presentation) They came to help. They stayed to die. One of the least known stories of the First World War. The moving and surprising story of the Chinese Labour Corps, who volunteered to travel thousands of miles to help in a war they knew little about. […]

Walsall Poets Shine in Hope Radio`s Second Community Poem with Three Poet Laureates

Walsall poets have been collaborating with two community poem projects organised by Hope Radio to bring hope to the region during the coronavirus pandemic. The community poems will be posted online, in a virtual exhibition and on the community radio`s website to demonstrate the power that creativity brings in connecting people during lockdown. In addition, […]

Success Time For Walsall Playwright & Poet

Walsall`s former Poet Laureate, Ian Henery, is celebrating following the workshop presentation of his latest play for China West Midlands. The Chinese Labour Corps tells the forgotten story of the 140,000 Chinese labourers who set sail from China during the First World War to serve Great Britain and her Allies but have been whitewashed from […]

New poetry collection aims to bring hope to public

A Black Country poet has created a new collection inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ian Henery, who was Walsall’s first poet laureate between 2011 and 2015, has written Poems of Hope, a collection which includes works on Covid-19 and social distancing and poems about Norse characters. See the latest coronavirus news here Mr Henery said […]