Project Name – How my spring is sprung
Participants – Poets, Writers and Artists with a connection to Wales
Lead Artist – Taz Rahman
Digital Platform – Youtube
Taz delivered a digital literary project with the aim of inspiring hope through a focus on poetry in the face of lockdown isolation –Just Another Poet, a series of interviews with underrepresented writers talking about their work and the wider industry including: Taylor Edmonds, Mike Church, Katherine Stansfield, Christina Thatcher, Natalie Holborow, Jessica Mookherjee and Aneirin Karadog.
Taz also delivered Poet Asylum, a video of a virtual literary evening of poetic words collated from recorded readings of their own works.
The project’s wider aim was to provide a showcase of the Welsh poetry scene to a new digital audience.
Taz Rahman is 45 and from Cardiff. He started writing poetry and short fiction in 2019. His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry Wales, South Bank Poetry magazine, Love the Words, International Dylan Thomas Day 2020 poetry competition winner’s anthology, Where I’m Coming From anthology 2019, and in the upcoming Poems for Independence anthology edited by Mike Jenkins (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2021). He is one of the judges for the 2021 Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition. He is also the founder of Just Another Poet, Wales’ first YouTube channel dedicated to poetry, and the founding editor of long-running legal news blog Lawnewsindex.com.
“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.