Category Archives: Commissions

Hope Radio Community Garden

Ian has been appointed Poet In Residence at Hope Radio which broadcasts on 87.9 FM and online at https://e-voice.org.uk/hoperadio/. He has also been commissioned to write two poems for the community garden which will be unveiled in Birmingham. The poems he has written are Sowing The Seeds of Hope, which is a rondeau and The […]

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, […]

From solicitor to the stage in Southside

By day, Ian Henery operates two eponymously named legal firms in the area and is a prominent figure in the district. But outside of working hours, Ian’s passion lies in poetry and play-writing, and it’s the latter that has earnt him a place on Southside’s famous Hippodrome stage. Ian has recently received a grant from […]

Feature on Hope Radio 87.9FM

Birmingham Poem (COVID-19) If the pandemic begins to worsen Keep it together but 6 feet apart; Social distancing – length of a tall person, Communication by voice, eyes and heart. We need poetry now more than ever, It’s limited social interaction; Social distancing – let’s stay together On digital platforms, an attraction. Our hands are […]