Where Light Falls – Coventry Cathedral Blitz Commemoration


Where Light Falls, a spectacular installation of light, history and poetry.

14th – 16th November 2019, 5pm-9pm

The event is free. No need to book – just turn up!

Using the Coventry Cathedral as a canvas, over three evenings leading creatives ‘Double Take Projections’ will project powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the story of the Cathedral, the city and its people.

It’s a tale of destruction, recovery and resilience: from the medieval period — when culture, learning and trade flourished — through the destruction of the old cathedral during the Blitz, finishing with peace, reconciliation and the building of a modern city.

Historic England commissioned two new poets Jane Commane and Keith Jarrett for ‘Where Light Falls’, facilitated by The Poetry Society and in collaboration with community groups.

Jane Commane worked with local Coventry school children, older writers, refugees and migrants with lived experience of conflict, inviting them to respond to contemporary photographs from Coventry Archives and accounts of the Coventry Blitz, and the heroic efforts of many individuals who fought to keep the city from destruction, in workshops led by the poets. Their thoughts and creative responses steered the poets’ approach to the commission and fed into their finished work ‘In A New Light’.

Keith Jarrett did similar work in London and is called ‘From the Log Book’

Jane Commane’s ‘In A New Light’ will be seen projected on to Coventry Cathedral and Keith Jarrett’s ‘From the Log Book’ will be projected at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Their words will be brought to life through cutting-edge projections, incorporating innovative graphics and archive photography in Double Take Projections’ unique style.

The event is part of Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture.


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