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Urban Birds Project/ DIVERSIFLY

WELCOME!  to DIVERSIFLY – The Urban Birds Project

This project is supported by public funding through the support of the Arts Council England

The project is closed to submissions after 31st August 2017. However:

The DIVERSIFLY BLOGS are available here, as a permanent collection.

The DIVERSIFLY book will be available to buy from January 2018.

The DIVERSIFLY podcasts will be available to listen to and download for free from January 2018.

About the Project

We would like to hear from poets and artists – from May 1st until August 31st 2017

We hope to hear from anyone and everyone: we would like the book that we will be publishing – DIVERSIFLY: New poetry and art about every day encounters with the birds of Britain’s towns & cities – to actually reflect all our urban populations: and you will see that we are commissioning some really great and “unexpected” poets (when it comes to “Nature Writing”) below…

Please click here to go to the free, safe,  and easy-to-use form : NB There is a separate form for poetry, and a separate form for artwork
submit

 

By Paul Kielty

What is this project about?

This project is about our everyday encounters with the birds of Britain’s towns & cities.

First of all, with help from: Birdwatching Magazine, British Birds, British Bird Lovers and British Trust for Ornithology – better known as BTO – we are reaching out to those of us already watching our Urban Birds carefully – and who are willing to share their photos and descriptions of their own everyday encounters with the birds of  Britain’s towns & cities with us. This part of the project ends 30 April 2017.

Then – from May 1st to August 31st 2017 – our editor Nadia Kingsley will be blogging about some of the birds we are likely to see within Britain’s towns & cities – and will include photos and descriptions from Britain’s urban birdlovers in these – for interest, and inspiration.

Also – from May 1st to August 31st 2017 – we will be welcoming (free) submissions from Artists, Poets, and people who like drawing or writing poetry but wouldn’t give themselves a label of the ‘A’ or ‘P’ words – and then in January 2018 we will publish a full-colour paperback book called DIVERSIFLY –  filled with your submissions – plus some commissioned work from some rather brilliant artists and poets.

Giancarlo Facchinetti and Nadia Kingsley will also, this summer be visiting and recording six wonderful Nature Poets, plus an Urban Birder… and in January you will be able to listen to some very special, and free,  podcasts.

 

By Paul Kielty

Who are the commissioned Poets and Artists who will be published in the DIVERSIFLY book?

ATM the street artist will be providing two wonderful pictures for the book cover of DIVERSIFLY

Paul Kielty will be commissioned to create new artwork  – during the editing process of the book

The following poets will each write a poem based on their own everyday encounter with birds or a bird within one of Britain’s towns or cities… Their poems will be published in the DIVERSIFLY book – and we hope this will encourage you to also want to be part of the book!

Andrew McMillan

Brian Bilston

Carrie Etter

Kaite O’Reilly

Dorothea Smartt

James Sheard

Amaal Said

Sabrina Mahfouz

None of these poets are “known” for their Nature Poetry… In fact for some this will be the first time they attempt to write about a bird or birds. They were chosen to encourage you all to “have a go” – even if it is out of your comfort zone.

 

By Paul Kielty

Who are the commissioned Poets, and Birder who will be heard on a series of DIVERSIFLY podcasts?

Gillian Clarke

Alison Brackenbury

David Morley

Richard Osmond

Katrina Porteous

Chris Kinsey

and Stourbridge-based birder and naturalist Brett Westwood

 

Who are the project team?

Nadia Kingsley

Giancarlo Facchinetti

 

 

By Paul Kielty

What sort of poetry is this project interested in seeing?

We are interested in poetry that is about EVERY DAY ENCOUNTERS WITH A BIRD OR BIRDS IN BRITAIN’S TOWNS & CITIES

What we mean by this is:

any kind of style of poetry but not prose, flash fiction, short stories, and probably not – prose poetry

encounters with birds in Britain’s towns & cities – and not in villages, nature reserves, the countryside, or even gardens – probably

poetry that is about everyday encounters – that is when a person is going about what other people would regard as being everyday activities – getting to work, shopping, coming back from a night out; those sorts of things

We particularly like poetry that is easy to read and understand but has a depth to it and asks you to re read it for the pleasure of it

We like poems that are ‘filmic’ that you feel you are there, when reading it, that paints pictures

Nadia, editor of Fair Acre Press says this: Other than the above it is very very difficult to be more specific. When it comes to editing a book – the book becomes king and some of my favourite poems just don’t, annoyingly, fit in. So it really depends what is sent in. I really hope for great variety so that I can create a book that will appeal and delight 🙂

 

By Paul Kielty

What sort of artwork is this project interested in seeing?

We are interested in artwork that is about EVERY DAY ENCOUNTERS WITH A BIRD OR BIRDS IN BRITAIN’S TOWNS & CITIES

What we mean by this is:

any style of artwork: drawing, pen & ink, watercolour, oil, in fact any kind of medium, including photographs of ‘craft’, sculpture, installation – everything!

Artwork  that is about everyday encounters – that is when a person is going about what other people would regard as being everyday activities – getting to work, shopping, coming back from a night out; those sorts of things

We are not interested, on the whole, in the kind of representational art that you would see in a field guide, for example.

We would love some of the work to show aspects of the town, the road, the shop – wherever it was encountered, but will also be keen on seeing close-ups

We like pictures that tell stories

Nadia Kingsley, editor of Fair Acre Press says this: People who know our Shropshire Butterflies book will know that I really respond to a huge variety of styles and medium.Other than the above it is very very difficult to be more specific. When it comes to editing a book – the book becomes king and some of my favourite artwork just won’t, annoyingly, fit in. So it really depends what is sent in. I really hope for great variety so that I can create a book that will appeal and delight 🙂

Fair Acre Press  project DIVERSIFLY is supported using public funding by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND.

Thank you – you really are A.C.E.!