Sit back and relax with your favourite drink whilst you listen to local poets, Casey Bailey (Birmingham Poet Laureate), Kuli Kohli, Roy Mcfarlane, Rupinder Kaur sharing their new poems from the Multistory podcast series Sandwell Stories. Following the performances, there will be a Q&A where the poets will share insights into making new work to the backdrop of coronavirus and the inspirations behind the poems.
This second season of Sandwell Stories looks at the past and the present, the lives of a new generation, and a desire to belong; mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; young people making a mark on the streets of Sandwell.
Roy Mcfarlane begins with stories from young fathers and shares memories of those who have passed over: an ode to the different stages of fatherhood. Kuli Kohli takes us back to the turn of the millennium in the time of a crisis and the birth of a premature baby, mix-taped with rap from her eldest son. Casey Bailey evokes a new generation’s desire to be seen; stories of young people ‘asking for a tomorrow’. And Rupinder Kaur poeticises a daughter and mother relationship with a tongue that holds three languages.
These are the stories formed and fleshed in the soil and given breath by voices of the Black Country.