Where Light Falls - Coventry Cathedral
Telling a story of a cathedral, a city and its people.
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More than 16,000 people from across the region attended Where Light Falls at Coventry Cathedral on 14-16 November 2019.
Historic England worked with the Poetry Society and leading creatives Double Take Projections to project powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the story of the people who risked their lives to try and save the city’s medieval cathedral during the Blitz.
We were delighted the people of Coventry turned out in force to enjoy Where Light Falls over three nights, despite the rainy weather. We had 16,000 visit the light installation, gathering in the magnificent ruins of the old cathedral to pay tribute to the past, present and future of the city.
Where Light Falls is a stunning installation which invites the people of Coventry to look at their own cathedral in a beautiful new light. The projections on the massive walls and tower are awe-inspiring – I’m sure all our visitors were overwhelmed by the way that the Historic England and Double Take Projections teams have captured the history and emotion of our incredible city, capturing and conveying not just the tragedy of loss but overwhelmingly the hope of a new future – Coventry’s story of hope rebuilt again and again from the rubble of destruction, a gift for a world which is looking for peace.
Historic England commissioned two new works for Where Light Falls, facilitated by The Poetry Society and in collaboration with community groups.
Poets Keith Jarrett and Jane Commane worked with local school children, older writers, refugees and migrants with lived experience of conflict, inviting them to respond to contemporary photographs and accounts of the Blitz, and the heroic efforts of many individuals who fought to keep buildings from destruction, in workshops led by the poets. Their thoughts and creative responses steered the poets’ approach to the commission and fed into their finished work.
As well as my own original stanzas, the poem is built around a refrain. This is the ‘communal’ part of the poem….made of phrases ‘donated’ by the people I am working with, and are generated in response to the question “what does Coventry Cathedral mean to you?”
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