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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]