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Questions of Travel a poemfilm

Questions of Travel was shortlisted for the AHRC film awards in the category ‘Best film produced by a researcher or research team in the last year (2015)’. In 2015 Questions of Travel was also shortlisted for and screened at the 3rd Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Festival, Cork, Eire and the Sadho Film Festival New Delhi, India.

Following their successful collaborative book publication and animation And You, Helen (Seren) Charlotte Hodes and poet Deryn Rees-Jones were commissioned by University of Sheffield to create a new filmpoem Questions of Travel for their Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Sheffield.

The American poet Elizabeth Bishop arrived in Brazil in November 1951 on a travelling fellowship. She was to live there for the next fifteen years. In her poem Questions of Travel Bishop asks: ‘Is it a lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home.’

In this unique collaboration, artist Charlotte Hodes and poet Deryn Rees-Jones respond to Bishops poem by creating a new poemfilm that experiments with the differences between image, text and voice to think more generally about the poetic process, and the parallels that might be drawn between actual journeys and the poetic and artistic journeys of reading, drawing, thinking and writing.

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More information and to request to view the film:

Also see News entry Questions of Travel, a filmpoem collaboration and screening 15.05.15

Also see News entry ‘Questions of Travel, selected for REAL TO REEL: THE CRAFT FILM FESTIVAL 2016’