Monthly Archives: March 2021

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 […]

Former Walsall Poet Laureate on social distancing

A former Poet Laureate from Walsall has been commissioned to write a series of poems for Walsall for All about social distancing and COVID-19.Ian Henery was appointed Walsall’s first-ever Mayor of Walsall’s Poet Laureate by Councillor Garry Perry on National Poetry Day in 2011 and served under Councillors Dennis Anson and Mohammad Nazir until 2014. […]

Walsall Poet Laurerate fronts new show on Hope Radio FM

A former Poet Laureate from Walsall is fronting a radio show on Hope Radio FM. Ian Henery, who is also a playwright and a solicitor, was Mayor of Walsall`s Poet Laureate between 2011 – 2014 and has published 5 collections of poetry. He has a play in pre-production for China West Midlands 2020 that was […]

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, […]

Walsall Poets Shine In Hope Radio’s Community Poem

Walsall’s poets have been collaborating for a community poem project organised by Hope Radio. Hope Radio, which broadcasts on 87.9 FM and online, was born during the coronavirus pandemic with one simple aim – to bring hope to the people of the local community. “We have an OFCOM licence and we are run by volunteers” […]

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 […]