Coventry poet laureate embarks on twin town swap with Dresden

COVENTRY Poet Laureate Emilie Lauren Jones has undertaken a special exchange visit to Dresden.

The two towns were twinned in 1956 after being heavily hit during World War II bombings.

Emilie led a workshop session with a group of local writers and visited a school.

She has also given several lectures and performances at venues such as an international friendship group and the German-British Society.

Emilie has met many artists, attended the annual Gastmahl multicultural festival and headlined Dresden’s bi-monthly Story Slam.

Grade 12 students from local school Hans-Erlwein-Gymnasium gave Emilie a 5ft copy of a poem they had written in response to Emilie’s poetic film “On These Streets We Shine”.

And the students wrote and performed poems celebrating their individuality during Emilie’s visit.

The trip was intended to cement the friendship between Dresden and Coventry and to create links between organizations and residents of the two cities.

Emilie participates in October in an exchange of letters with Katharina Bendixen, the “City Writer” of Dresden, which will be published online, as well as in the writing of poems about her stay in the city.

On November 10, Coventry’s open mic night “Fire and Dust” will host a special virtual event celebrating the poets of Dresden.

Visit [email protected] for more information or to reserve a spot for the open mic night.

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