Author Archives: Ian_henery

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 […]

Birmingham rhymes go Stateside

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 […]

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 […]

Ian’s poetry workshops at the Coseley School

On Friday 26th March in support of The Black Country Festival poet Ian went to The Coseley School library to talk to some of the Year 7 and 8 AEN pupils “The Black Country Festival is designed to bring communities and people together to celebrate our shared cultures and traditions and to increase our sense […]

Van Gogh Inspired Poetry Set to Music

Inspired by van Gogh’s drawing Sorrow, 1882 Ian wrote a series of three poems; his triptych portrays the strained love story between van Gogh and his muse. In this drawing, shown left, van Gogh depicts Sien (Clasina Maria Hoornik). Ian’s first poem I Miss You is written from Sien’s point of view, while the second poem […]

‘In The Arena’ by Ian Henery

In this week’s blog post we celebrate community and creativity with poets Ian Henery and Leanne Cooper as they tell us about their work for The Arena Theatre and Newhampton Arts Centre. Not only that but, in the spirit of collaboration, we are also joined by Sam Fleming, Education and Outreach Manager at The Arena, […]

Poems written by students at The Coseley School during Black Country Day Workshop

The following poems were written by students at The Coseley School when Ian conducted a poetry workshop there in support of Black Country Day along with Councillor Pete Lowe; 4 Million years Over 4 million years ago In a Black Country meadow Below the very old ground Belonged years of multitude Fossils never found.   […]

Scout on a bike book

Published by Mapseekers this is a series of blogs following the burglary of a Scout group in Walsall and Ian forming a business collective – Scout(ing) For Fun(ds) to keep the group going. it led to a bike ride across the South Downs with stunning artwork. Each chapter is prefaced by lyrics from the Levellers […]