Project Name – How my spring is sprung
Participants – Poets, Writers and Artists with a connection to Wales
Lead Artist – Taz Rahman
Digital Platform – Youtube
A three pronged digital literary project with the aim of inspiring hope through a focus on poetry in the face of lockdown isolation – first, ‘How my spring is sprung’, a poem with an accompanying video visualising hope through the allegory of spring colours; second, interviews promoting Wales based poets; and third, ‘Poet Asylum’, a video of a virtual literary evening of poetic words collated from recorded readings of their own works, sent in by new and established poets. The project’s wider aim is to provide a showcase of the Welsh poetry scene to a new digital audience.
Taz Rahman studied at Cardiff University for his bachelors and masters degrees in Philosophy. He regularly performs at the Cardiff poetry nights, Chapter First Thursday Poetry, Where I’m Coming From, Lyrical Miracles and Word Asylum. Inspired by a Literature Wales sponsored trip to the 2019 Hay festival, he started the poetry focused Youtube channel Just Another Poet (tinyurl.com/t8kgbax). His first poetry publication was as part of the (Where I’m Coming From) WICF Anthology 2019. He has been the general editor of the legal news blog Lawnewsindex.com since 2011.
“Words have been my first love and solace since an early age. Studying the works of past and present poets emboldened me to seek out my own voice. Poetry is a great healer, comforter in times of need; any opportunity to create or promote its virtues is a blessing.” –Taz Rahman
Poet Asylum is an imagined poetry yurt somewhere in Cardiff, bringing together poets in the times of COVID19 isolation, just like the array of thriving physical poetry nights in the city.
Each episode is collated from readings recorded and sent in by a fabulous roster of poets from Wales, England and as far as the Czech Republic, including: Taylor Edmonds, Matthew Haigh, Leyla Begin Jafarova, Marvin Thompson, Kitty Coles, Eric Ngalle Charles, Jessica Mookherjee, Hammad Rind, Karen Izod and Taz Rahman.