A birthday gift

Today, April 23rd, is Shakespeare’s birthday. That makes it the perfect date on which to launch the first poem in our ‘poetry for the Shakespeare Line’ project. And what a poem it is!

Earlier this year, we commissioned Birmingham poet laureate Casey Bailey to write a piece celebrating the railway line which runs from Birmingham Moor Street to Stratford-upon-Avon via Henley-in Arden, and he’s done us proud. Of course he has. We’ve then taken his words and created a video to accompany them, and you can watch and enjoy that here.

Our thanks to Casey for his work, to Michael Clemens for his generosity in allowing us to use the archive footage in the video, to Alex Vann for the subtitling, and to the local community groups along the Shakespeare Line who’ve adopted each of the eighteen stations on the route. Our project is intended to celebrate their work and encourage people to visit the hidden gems which are to be found along the line, and Casey’s poem is just the start. Next month, there’ll be more amazing poetry from some of the Midlands’ finest poets, but for now – please – savour and share Casey’s words in his poem ‘The Journey’. We think it’s ace.